Friday, March 6, 2009


A member of the ragweed family, so if you have allergies, this is a nasty culprit. Usually about 1' - 2' high and up to 3' across. This one is heavy with blooms.
Here's a branch with a number of teeny, tiny flowers. You would hardly think such a small flower could produce anything to cause allergy problems. Allergens, perhaps, but problems? And the reason it is called bur-sage is the seed casing is a burr. There are a couple forming at the base of the branch. They trun brown and have velcro-like hooks that attach to animal fur or anything else brushing by.
Here is my hand after one tap from the branch above. I've walked in washes and come out with yellow pollen streaks on my pant legs.

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