Meet the Culprit: Ragweed

There are several weeds that pollinate in the early fall and torment people with allergies.

Giant ragweed is the one that is easiest for you to spot. Often found along the edges of roads or plowed fields, ragweed is plentiful this year and promises to be an unwelcome antagonist for allergy sufferers.

A close-up view of the plant shows the characteristic candelabra-shaped branching and three-lobed leaves (may be single-lobed near the growing tip).

ragweed closeup

Ragweed is so named because of its tendency to droop like a dishrag in the late afternoon heat.  By the next morning, it rehydrates and stands tall again.

ragweed wilted