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Re: now heat/weeds

You are right about ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia/trifida), at  
least insofar as it is native! It is the major cause of hayfever here  
and in Europe, where it has naturalized. (Our payback for dandelion  
and plantain.) Of course, we also gave them poison ivy!

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jul 24, 2005, at 4:05 PM, james singer wrote:

> Well, for one thing, weeds are mostly under-appreciated native  
> plants. They've been adapting to their environment a lot longer  
> than we've been trying to crowd them out with corn, soybeans, and  
> other exotics.
> On Jul 24, 2005, at 4:19 PM, Cathy Carpenter wrote:
>> What is it about weeds, anyway? They stay green, heat or drought. DH
>> (the allergist) who tracks ragweed religiously, noted that it is
>> still green and thriving, though much shorter than usual (by 50%).
>> Our farmers have given up on their corn. One said that it might not
>> even do for silage.
>> Cathy, west central IL, z5b

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