Weed Identification

Weeds Imitating Flowers

Anonymous added on June 8, 2011 | Answered

I read somewhere, a long time ago, that some weeds grow next to the plants that they look like as a form of protection. A friend is doubting this, and I can't remember where I read about it, so I can't prove it to her. Can you give me any info on this?

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Answered on June 9, 2011

Yes, this is true. Vavilovian mimicry (also crop mimicry or weed mimicry) is just another fancy term for a defense mechanism in plants.

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