Ragweed vs Goldenrod
Date: Around 1999
Is ragweed the same as goldenrod? Where can I find
good pictures of both so that I can distinguish what is growing in my yard?
Golden rod and ragweed are distinct plants that both bloom about the same
time -- Aug 15 to the first frost. Golden rod has bright yellow flowers.
Ragweed doesn't even appear to have flowers, only pollen stalks. As a
result, golden rod gets an undeserved reputation for causing allergies,
while the real culprit is the inconspicuous ragweed plant.
I think any plant book at the library, or garden shop will have pictures of
each. They are not hard to distinguish once you have seen their pictures.
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Update: June 2012