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Common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

Common ragweed Common Names: Annual ragweed, Roman wormwood, low ragweed, short ragweed, small ragweed

Description: Considered invasive due to its competitive nature.

Habit: Ranges from 3-6 ft, branches frequently when population densities are low, shallow taproot, fiberous root system, abundant pollen.

Leaves: Cotyledons are thick and oval to spatula-shaped, leaves are fernlike, once or twice compound and usually hairy, upper leaves are alternate, lower leaves may be opposite or alternate with distinct petioles.

Stems: Usually hairy; erect and branched up to 6 ft tall.

Flowers: Generally inconspicuous, found on terminal branches, produces a prolific amount of pollen.

Fruit and seeds: Seed is enclosed in a single-seeded, woody fruit with several spikes resembling a crown.

Habitat: Native to North America. Grows well in poor soil.

Reproduction: By seed. Plants can produce up to 3500 seeds.

Similar species: Giant Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida); Western Ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya).

Monitoring and rapid response: Effectively controlled using any of several readily available general use herbicides.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the MSU Pest Management and the USDA PLANTS Database.

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Common Name:

Common ragweed

Scientific Name:

Ambrosia artemisiifolia







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