What Is Ragweed?

One of the most common causes of seasonal allergies are due to ragweed. Ragweed refers to a group of about 15 species of weed plants.

Short ragweed (sometimes referred to as “Common ragweed”) flourishes along roadsides and produces enormous amounts of airborne pollen. In fact, one plant can generate 1 billion grains of pollen that can travel more than 100 miles.

Short ragweed is called the “king” of allergenic plants because it is the most prevalent species of ragweed and the most important cause of seasonal allergy symptoms in America.

How to keep Ragweed in check? Keep doors or windows closed and pay attention to pollen count variations in your area.

Other allergy-triggering weeds are:

  • Dock
  • Goldenrod
  • Plantains
  • Sheep sorrel
  • Russian thistle
  • Sagebrush
  • Nettles
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