Goldenrod and Ragweed Not All Sneezes

Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) and Goldenrod (Solidago spp) are blooming now. Goldenrod is a wonderful plant for our native pollinators and rarely causes allergies — monarch butterflies love it!

Unfortunately goldenrod is often blamed for the irritation ragweed can cause. Goldenrod can spread rather aggressively, but it’s a beneficial plant if you have room. It’s also a perennial and will come back each year!

Pull the ragweed but leave the goldenrod!

Ragweed vs Goldenrod

Ragweed vs Goldenrod

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

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