Today is National Weed Appreciation Day (no, not THAT kind of weed)

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KNUTSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM – APRIL 30: Dandelion seed heads grow in a grass meadow on April 30, 2014 in Knutsford, United Kingdom. Dandelion plants (Taraxacum officinale) are officially a weed plant but are commonly used to make beer, wine, soft drinks and herbal remedies. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Thursday is National Weed Appreciation day (but perhaps not the kind of weed you’re thinking of).

We’re talking about weeds like Ragweed and Dandelion.

Weeds usually get a bad rap for popping up in undesirable places, so, National Weed Appreciation Day is a good time to learn more about all their benefits.

Weeds are beneficial to people and the ecosystem; wildlife, like birds and insects, sometimes depend on their seeds for nourishment.

Some weeds are edible and nutritious, while others have medicinal value.

So, the next time you’re outside and notice a weed, consider snapping a picture and researching it.

You may find out all kinds of fun information about what’s growing in your yard.

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