Is pig weed intelligent?by Hugh Holub on Jul. 31, 2010, under tucson life and heritage
The monsoons have come. We’ve gotten over 5 inches rain at our place in Tubac so far. The surrounding mountains have turned green. Take a drive down I-19 an enjoy the monsoon lushness.
And the pig weed is exploding.
Every year the war with the pig weed is waged each summer. And the pig weed always wins.
Over the years I’ve come to believe that pig weed is an intelligent species.
The little baby plants pop up and I pull them.
A few days later the new plants are not growing straight up, but spreading laterally on the ground to avoid being pulled.
Normally, the pig weed will grow a certain amount before it goes to seed. They can actually reach 6 or 8 feet if left alone.
But during a relentless effort to yank them out of the ground, they go to seed quicker and quicker, as if anticipating the wrath of a weed whacker.
By the end of the monsoon the pig weed can be very tiny, yet still throw off seeds to survive to next year.
It is like whatever one tries to do to eradicate them, they adapt and escape.
Do you have weed war going on in your yard where the weeds are winning?