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Ragweed or Goldenrod, Which is the Allergen Newsletter




Here is a question that I get asked often.

Q.  My allergies have really been bothering me lately. I noticed that goldenrod is in bloom and wondered if that was the culprit. It's a pretty plant but do we need to try to keep it from blooming?

A.  Allergies are bad this year but goldenrod is not the problem. Goldenrod has heavy pollen that doesn't blow around and cause allergies. It is simply a beautiful wildflower and excellent for attracting beneficial insects including the pollinators. The bad plant and the culprit in this case is ragweed, both common ragweed and giant ragweed. Its white flowers do have some positive attributes but probably more negatives.

To discuss this newsletter or any other topic, tune in each Sunday 8am - 11am central time to the Dirt Doctor Radio Show.The call-in phone number is 1-866-444-3478. Listen on the internet or click here to find a station in your area.

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Naturally yours,

Howard Garrett


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