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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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MegL wrote on May 17, 2017, 4:05 AM

The giant plant we need to be careful of here is giant hogweed and that's not because of pollen but because the plant juices can cause skin and eye damage in conjunction with light. Hay fever sufferers here are mostly just coming into the biggest problem time of the year.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 19, 2017, 8:24 PM

I like the pic. Never let things get this far out of hand in our yard. I keep it down to below knee high. lol A----aaaaa CHEW!

VinceSummers wrote on May 19, 2017, 10:39 PM

Wasn't this weed highlighted in an episode of Rosemary & Thyme?