EXTENSION CONNECTION: Blame ragweed for fall hay fever

Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 09:40 AM.

Despite the fact that common ragweed, an annual, can grow 3 to greater than 6 feet tall, it just does not get your attention. It is quite common along roadsides, vacant lots and abandoned fields.

Its inconspicuous flowers start out green — similar in color to the leaves — and turn yellowish green before drying to brown. They are never showy.

Enjoy the bright yellow flowers of goldenrod this fall.

However, please do not blame them for your allergies.

Larry Williams is an agent at the Okaloosa County Extension office in Crestview.

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