Oh, Patty - now you're talkin! My parents live in rural Nebraska (is that redundant?) and they go morel hunting every year. (Yes, they know what to look for, and they're very careful.) I have such good childhood memories of going to my grandparents and having a huge feast on fresh, fried morels.
Jody, I've heard that definition before, but I'm not so sure - a weed may be a plant out of place, but I also define it as a plant that will stubbornly grow in the "wrong" spot despite my best efforts to eradicate it. Unlike mere plants may or may not grow where they are planted. So I think that definition is a little too kindly, at least for the weeds I encounter, LOL!
We have them growing in my yard here in Kentucky as well. They are considered a wildflower in most desciptions of the plant. (I guess it's a weed if it's growing someplace you rather it didn't grow and you can't get rid of it). I've found it listed under many arboretum plant lists and it shows up in many lists of spring blooming wildflowers. It is known both as Umbrella plant and Mayapple.
Yes Jody, that's what I told a lady over at my house the other day when I asked her to identify some of my plants for me and she called a couple of them weeds. Funny, another lady that was over looked at what I had pulled up at the library from the cracks at the base of the building. I thought it was tiny morning glories but she said it was just bindweed and was a nuisance. Well, I was looking up morning glory in my encyclopedia and one of it's names are bindweed! Unfortunately it did not take root and died and the library pulled it all up but that's ok, I have some seeds. It is just fun to find something that is considered a weed and find a perfect spot for it in your own garden.
Bindweed's a whole other ballgame, Angel. I have been battling it forever, it seems. It's perennial, unlike morning glory, and sends down a tap root up to 7' long. You can't just pull it...And if you chop it out, the pieces of root will, well, root and you'll have many more bindweed vines. It can really choke plants, too. It's pretty, I agree, but be *very* glad it didn't survive its transplant to your yard! :oD