Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Oh Dear, Ragweed!

There's a place outside here where there's just ground cover and ferns that a plant that I didn't know started to grow. I let it grow and it got bigger and bigger. I wanted to see how big it would get! It was by my one hummingbird feeder and gave them a little privacy.

Now the plant is much taller than me!
I searched around on the internet and found out that it's Giant/Great Ragweed!!!!!! Yikes!!

I'll be cutting it down today before these tassels bloom out and make pollen!
I guess I can just cut it down, maybe treat the tassels with a weed killer and put it in the burn pile. If anyone knows of a reason why I shouldn't treat it like that please let me know!

P.S. I cut these down and then looked else where in the yard. Low and behold, in my old herb garden that is over grown, there was a huge forest of these!! I cut them down too. It took me all afternoon. Now where did these come from??? I never had this before!!! I'm sure the wind or the birdies brought them!


  1. Cut it down before it reseeds! Hurry- and make sure you have stocked up on kleenex...

  2. There's nothing like home grown surprises from birdie poop and or seeds blown in on the wind!...Ragweed...I'd be saying YIKES too Shirley...very allergic to it. My advice? You really don't want to know, do you?...:)JP

  3. Blimey, I have had to look this one up as we don't have it in the UK. Bad news for folks with allergies :o( I agree with Tete!

  4. Well, now I know what the culprit looks like! I had no idea it could get that tall! It is a bad, bad, really bad plant! Hope you got rid of it all!

  5. Well your birds have been as busy as ours -- we've got the kissin' cousins of your giant ragweeds in our borders.

    thanks for letting me know what they are. On go the garden gloves today!

    These things are ENORMOUS.


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