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Ragweed, did you know there are two kinds?

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I thought I knew ragweed.   It's a six foot or taller monster of a plant usually lining all the stream beds.  So when a short plant that was taprooted, but still easy to pull showed up in my tree circle I didn't think much of it.  It maxed out at about a foot tall and was actually keeping the grass out.  After winter killed it I pulled them and laid them down and it made a very solid mulch that still kept the grass out.  I loved this plant.  This year as I garden I've been letting it grow again wherever it won't shade out new plants.  

Then last week I read an article on common lawn weeds. I do that periodically because it sometimes helps me identify useful plants like plantain.  There was a very familiar picture there.  Finally I would have a name for this great mulch plant.  Oops, I had a nice crop of common ragweed. At least I don't need to feel guilty for tormenting the neighborhood.   In fall I  could see a whole field of this from my front yard

I know you can use the plant to make an allergy remedy.   Does that just work on ragweed allergies?  If it's more general,  I may harvest from that field this fall.
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