If you don’t know what you’re looking at, ragweed is a pretty plant. Elegant lacy leaves. Demure spires of nearly invisible flowers. Spewing pollen. But this is one of my few no-tolerance plants. What really infuriates me about ragweed is that it flowers at the same time as one of the great bee-feeders — goldenrod — and goldenrod takes the blame for the itchy noses of summer.
Sorry, bees, go back to eating goldenrod pollen. Goldenrod bears lots of beautiful yellow sprays that don’t bother anyone. And you humans, get to work! Do your friends and neighbors a favor: go on ragweed patrol and pull it out.