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The Reality of Ragweed

From late summer to early fall, weeds emerge, bloom and release their pollen into the air. Not only is ragweed one of the worst culprits but it’s getting stronger and growing longer across the U.S. Here’s the lowdown of this sneaky troublemaker. 

1. What it is

Ragweed is a member of the daisy family with tiny yellow-green flowers that produce vast amounts of pollen – about a million grains per plant, every single day.

2. Where it grows

Ragweed is found in fields, gardens, roadsides and waste areas all over the U.S. but is the biggest problem in the East and Midwest.

3. When it grows

Ragweed grows from August to November, peaking mid-September and ending with the first frost. However, if you get allergies from ragweed, you may have noticed that your symptoms are lasting longer every year. 

4. How it moves

Ragweed pollen grains are so light they can travel up to 400 miles on the wind. This means that when it comes to ragweed spreading across the country, the sky’s the limit. 

5. What to do about it

Stay one step ahead of ragweed with the ZYRTEC® ALLERGYCAST® app. It allows you to find out what pollen is in the air with the daily pollen forecast, and monitor your allergy symptoms too. Standard data rates for your plan apply