Everyone’s enemy: common ragweed. Achoo!! It’s everywhere now along with mugwort and a bunch of others. The rain, overkill as it is, at least helps keep the pollen count down. But on a sunny, blistering day like today, forget it.
Common ragweed, also known as bursages, is herbaceous plant that belongs to the daisy family. It originates from tropical and subtropical parts of South and North America, but it can be found around the world today. Common ragweed grows near the rivers, on the meadows, pastures and seasonally flooded areas. It prefers moist, fertile soil and areas that provide enough sun. Common ragweed induces health problems in individuals d…iagnosed with hay fever. People fight against common ragweed using various herbicides.
nteresting Common ragweed Facts:
Common ragweed has erect, green, hairy stem that can reach 3 to 12 feet in height.
Common ragweed produces two types of leaves. Large leaves divided in 3 to 5 lobes with serrated edges and long petioles are located on the lower part of the stem. Smaller, lanceolate leaves, covered with hairs on the bottom side can be seen near the base of the flowers.
Common ragweed produces individual male and female flowers on the same plant (monoecious plant). Male flowers are organized in the cylindrically-shaped spike on top of the flowering stalk. Female flowers are born in the axils of leaves. Common ragweed produces yellowish-green inconspicuous flowers from August to October.