There are 3 varieties of ragweed found in Québec: Common Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia), Giant Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida) and Perennial Ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya). From late July to mid-September, the plants release large amounts of pollen in the air, which constitute almost one third of all pollens produced in southern Québec.

This mass of pollen causes seasonal allergy rhinitis (hay fever). At least 17.5% of the provincial population suffers from this allergy.

Reducing the prevalence of ragweed is essential for public health. So, pull it up before the end of July!

For more information

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada:

The effects of cutting on pollen and seed production in ragweed

Government of Québec :

Identifying and Limiting the Presence of Ragweed

Espace pour la vie (Montreal Botanical Garden):

Ragweed or poison ivy?