Ever Seen This Kind of Ragweed? It Can Get 6' to 20' Tall!
In the fall, I love to take not of all the different kinds of Golden Rod in the fields and along the roads I travel. It is lovely. Occasionally, an individual with me will inform me that it all ought to be destroyed because it is a hay fever menace. "Not so," I must inform them. It is no such thing. It is Ragweed they are thinking of.
Ragweed pollen, you see, is not just irritating like other pollen. It is more than superabundant! It is estimated up to half of all hay fever suffering is caused by Ragweed. Possibly you can recognize ordinary ragweed, though it is surprising how many sufferers do not, thinking Goldenrod is the problem.
But I'm here to tell you that some who recognize ordinary ragweed do not realize there is another kind -- GIANT ragweed. In fact, depending upon the soil, it can grow from 6-1/2 to 20 feet tall. Imagine what THAT will do to your nose? Note carefully the photo I took in Nelson County, Virginia. It may seem beautiful, but for many, it is truly ugly.
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