All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Common Ragweed</strong>
<em>Ambrosia artemisifolia</em><br>
This plant has attractive, finely dissected fern-like leaves, but don't let it fool you into leaving it in your garden! Even though it is smaller than the Great Ragweed, it is just a...
Common Ragweed
Ambrosia artemisifolia

This plant has attractive, finely dissected fern-like leaves, but don't let it fool you into leaving it in your garden! Even though it is smaller than the Great Ragweed, it is just as capable of making you sneeze if you suffer from allergies. Linnaeus, the "Father of Scientific Nomenclature," must have had quite an interesting sense of humor; he gave the ragweeds the genus name, "Ambrosia," the food of the Greek gods!
Annual
Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warrior's Path SP, Oak Ridge, widespread

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