Guilty by Misidentification: How to Tell the Difference between Goldenrod and Ragweed

| 9/15/2020 11:08:00 AM

Ragweed in full bloom.

Every fall, a leggy native weed begins to show its true colors. Along roadsides, in ditches, fields, and the edge of woods: goldenrod begins to gleam forth. But alas, there is a smear campaign at work, worthy of today’s political scene.

So what is the lie? That the waving golden tide arriving right about now is to blame for our fall seasonal allergies. Over and over I hear people lamenting the beautiful golden explosion as “ragweed!”

Dear folks, it’s just not true and I am here to tell you why.

Visual Identification of Ragweed and Goldenrod

Above is ragweed, in full bloom.

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