Plant id help

Asked August 14, 2015, 2:06 PM EDT

This plant started growing in my garden this spring. I'd like to find out what it is if I can. It has gotten big and bush-like. Now it is growing little stalks, maybe for seed? I took a picture to show how it looks as a bush and some of the stalks. Any ideas? Thanks!

Howard County Maryland

2 Responses

Looks like ragweed. Could be common ragweed or giant ragweed. Either way, it is getting ready to bloom and the irritating pollen will be there. We recommend that you cut it down or pull it up immediately.
Here's some info: http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/ragweed
ECN

Wow, thanks! I don't like to pull up plants when I don't know what they are, but I can't believe I was growing ragweed! I looked,this morning and there is pollen starting. It will be coming down today.