Ragweed Pictures and Ragweed Allergy

Spotting ragweed around you won't really do much towards preventing your allergies. Ragweed pollen can blow for a hundred miles in the wind.

Although becoming familiar with ragweed pictures is going to help you understand what is causing your allergies. It won't make much difference towards treating them.

Instead, you should check our our other suggested pages at the bottom of the page if you really want to understand how to treat ragweed allergies.

In fact, after learning how to spot over a dozen different types of ragweed from looking at pictures all over the web, I haven't even seen any in real life!

In my opinion, there are other far mor important things you can do than become familiar with the dozens of different types of ragweed.

However, if you really want pictures, I've compiled ones of the most common types of ragweed below.

My site has a limited collection of images. For a much larger image gallery, please see this website on Ragweed Pictures

Why Be Familiar?

Ragweed pictures are helpful for identifying the various types of ragweed in your area. There are 30+ different species of ragweed and many share similar characteristics, including the fact that they can cause a ragweed allergy.

A few of the most common species are shown below along with a brief description and some tips on identifying them.

Ragweeds are annuals, perennials, and shrubs, which means they bloom in one specific season, but may live more multiple seasons or longer before the individual plant dies off.

Ragweed plants are almost always found in the same spots year after year unless steps are taken to remove them. Once you're familiar with what they look like, you can take steps to avoid, or remove them in the areas nearby.


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Common Ragweed- (Ambrosia Artemnisiifolia) is the most widespread plant of the ragweed species and can be found all over the US. Its ragged and spine-like leaves are its chief identifying characteristic. It is a major cause of fall hay fever and the primary culprit of those suffering from ragweed allergies.


silver burr ragweed map ambrosia chamissonis ragweed picture

Silver Bur Ragweed-(Ambrosia chamissonis) is found exclusively along coastal beaches and dunes. It is found along the West Coast of North America, from Baja California to Alaska. It grows in large clumps from a few feet, to several meters across.

The stems are quite rigid and covered in fine hairy spines and its leaves are silver-green and fuzzy. Silver bur ragweed produces large brown burrs up to a centimeter wide and covered with sharp spines.



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Flat-Spine Burr Ragweed-(Ambrosia Acanthicarpa) Grows in clumps of many erect stems that can reach over three feet in height. Its stems are covered in a thick coat of stiff, bristly hairs. It has numerous burr-like heads at the end of small twisting leaf-like structures.


giant ragweed map ambrosia trifida ragweed picture

Giant Ragweed- (Ambrosia Trifida) Is one of the most competitive weeds found in North America. It is a major cause of allergies, as well as damage to farmland. It can grow up to 20 feet in height, and developed thick woody stems the size of small branches.


western ragweed map ambrosia psilostachya ragweed picture

Western Ragweed- (Ambrosia psilostachya) Is a tall slender plant, braching to a maximum height near 6 feet, but usually remaining under 3 feet tall. It's leaves are lance-shaped and extend up to 5 inches in length.


In general, various species of ragweed can be found all over the US and Canada. Although some species of ragweed may be present in every state within the US, there are certain areas within each state that it is much more likely to grow.

You should check your local weather stations that provide allergen counts to see if pollen from these plants can be found in your vicinity. Because ragweed allergy is a major problem in the fall, many weather resources will have information on this topic posted on their websites during these months.

Suggested Pages

Hay Fever Treatment: Hay Fever is a general term for seasonal allergies, including ragweed. Ragweed is an airborne allergen that can be treated juts like any other seasonal allergen. Review the tips on this page for good ideas on how to prevent allergies in general. There are a lot of tips you are not likely to stubmle upon without reading this page.

Ragweed Allergy Symptoms: Understand the symptosm that come with ragweed allergies. Although ragweed is common during the fall, your same symptoms could be caused by half a dozen other issues. Figure out if you diagnosed yourself properly, or else you're not likely to get relief soon.