RAGWEED is in FULL BLOOM in Wisconsin and it may have you sniffling!

Oh yes, Allergy season is in full swing in the Midwestern region of the U.S. Sneezing and drippy, red rimmed eyes are plaguing allergy sufferers all up and down the St. Croix river valley.  So what’s causing us all to have to invest in multiple hankies and boxes of tissue? Well for our area of the country we have RAGWEED to blame.  Check out the photo below to see what this sneeze causing plant looks like.  Look carefully too, because we do not want you to confuse the culprit with the lovely misnomer Sneezeweed or the gorgeous and blameless goldenrod.  ‘’’

This is RAGWEED

 

Ragweed Vs. Sneezeweed

Sneezeweed, beautiful...no sneezing intended

Ragweed will make you sneeze, and Sneezeweed will just beautify your rain garden.

Often when we suggest Sneezeweed to our clients as hardy and low maintenance native plant for their landscape, they shy away because of the silly name.  Rest assured that Sneezeweed is only a name…this wonderful plant won’t make you sneeze and will offer a brilliant orange color to your landscape.

 

Goldenrod

Goldenrod...no allergy causing pollen here

Goldenrod is another completely innocent plant that is often mistaken for Ragweed.  Because of its delicate features and gorgeous golden hue, we love goldenrod for rain gardens and low maintenance landscaping.  Remember what she looks like, so that the next time you are sneezing you can blame the right pollen maker, and leave goldenrod alone to beautify your landscape.

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