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Synonyms for bitterweed

widespread European weed with spiny tongue-shaped leaves and yellow flowers

any of numerous chiefly North American weedy plants constituting the genus Ambrosia that produce highly allergenic pollen responsible for much hay fever and asthma

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We've found responses to gaura, bitterweed, dallisgrass that's infected with a fungus called ergot, and a species of willow.
There are scenes in Thomas Hal Phillips's 1948 The Bitterweed Path in which the main character goes to bed with both his best friend and his best friend's father, as the author stops just short of describing--but certainly leads us to imagine--what happens next.
First she hides to avoid capture, "down in the jungly grass choked with bitterweed and black-eyed susans, wild to the prickling skin, with many heads nodding, cauldrons of ants, with butterflies riding them, grasshoppers hopping them, mosquitoes making the air alive, down in the loud and lonesome grass" (491).
3) Within emerging canons of America's gay literature, for instance, the 1940s and 1950s are usually noted for having produced such groundbreaking texts as Gore Vidal's The City and the Pillar (1948) and The Season of Comfort (1949), James Barr's Quatrefoil (1950), and James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room (1956), while scant attention is granted to Southern novels like Capote's Other Voices, Others Rooms (1948), Phillips's The Bitterweed Path (1949), and Goyen's The House of Breath (1950), which offer comparably innovative representations of male same-sex desire.
In The House of Breath: "Now, ruin (of childhood) returning to ruin, come, purged of that bile and gall of childhood (into the empty purity of memory), come through the meadow called Baily's Pasture that is spun over with luminous dandelions like a million gathering shining heads, through random blooming mustard and clover and bitterweeds, over the grown-over path that was a short-cut to town when there was no circus or revival tent there.
When I came to my present farm, at Bracken, Texas (near Selma, east of San Antonio) the soil was completely worn out and it wouldn't grow anything but bitterweeds and stickers-pioneer plants that come in to help cover bare land when nothing else grows," he says.