Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Golden Rod or Ragweed which to blame

  Poor Goldenrod gets blamed for allergies when it is really the Ragweed that is making You feel sneezy and stuffy . I learned a lot on this link , I had no idea there were so many types of Goldenrod here in North Carolina.
species_of_goldenrod_in_north_carolina_ 
 all pictures are from Flickr folks that shared their beautiful images to the world . You can see more of their pics by clicking an Image.

7225 Goldenrod on Virginia Worm Fence - Gettysburg
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This is Golden Rod notice the leaves . Much different than ragweed.
 


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Finding out this information is GREAT to me . I am always wanting to grab a bundle of Goldenrod and bring it home to press, but thought it caused allergies? 


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I used to get it and Press it outside ...
Now that I know it is not like Ragweed I can bring more home to press !





There are 2 main types of ragweed in NC .their leaves and appearance look very different .
Ambrosia artemisiifolia elatior COMMON RAGWEED
this is the short ragweed notice the leaves below.

Ambrosia artemisiifolia elatior COMMON RAGWEED
notice the purple stems

Ambrosia trifida GIANT RAGWEED
this is the Giant Ragweed it can get huge .


Ambrosia trifida GIANT RAGWEED
this is Giant ragweed close up of leaves


for more pictures and information try these links too.

great images here for short Ambrosia+artemisiifolia
 
Short Ragweed - Ambrosia artemisiifolia
http://www.bio.utulsa.edu/~leveties/short-ragweeds.html
good images here for giant 
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=AMTR

Giant Ragweed - Ambrosia trifida
http://www.bio.utulsa.edu/~leveties/trifida.html

Till next time , wishing You Peace and an allergy free fall 

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