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Garden: What Is This Plant? (Giant Ragweed)

Not long ago, I asked the ThriftyFun community to help me identify this strange, rapidly-growing plant that mysteriously appeared in my perennial garden. I received replies ranging from wild lettuce to hog weed, but none were correct.

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Finally, a botany professor from SUNY Geneseo, NY, came up with the correct I.D. Giant ragweed! Ambrosia trifica, to be specific. As of clip time, it had reached 6 1/2 feet tall. He also told me I'd better get rid of it, post haste, before it had a chance to spread it's nasty pollen all over the neighborhood. Which I did.

Thought you'd like to know the "rest of the story."

By Gloria

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August 19, 20110 found this helpful

Hi Gloria,
It was so tall that it looked like a tree. Wow! Ragweed! Funny story. This has happened to us a couple of times, not Ragweed but forever undetermined something. We took it out for fear of what it could become, nightmare on Elm Street. Keep cultivating all your good things, your yard looks great!

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Susan

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August 19, 20110 found this helpful

We have one of these, with the heat and the drought we were glad to have something green growing! Ha, laugh is on us, it is over 8 feet tall and beginning to look ragged. It's coming down now! Thanks for sharing!

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August 19, 20110 found this helpful

Thank-you for the update!

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