Plant or Weed?

Asked July 12, 2017, 6:22 PM EDT

I have this growing in my garden at first I thought it was a marigold plant, however, the leaves are different. I think I maybe growing a weed . The top photo is the plant in question and the bottom 2 photos are marigolds.

Sanilac County Michigan

3 Responses


Looks like you have common ragweed, Ambrosia artemisiifolia. Just dig it up and discard it or compost it before it sets seeds. Some folks have a skin sensitivity to this weed so, wear gloves and long sleeves.

I agree with you, it looks like a marigold when young! Here are details on ragweed-

Laura S,

thank you so so very much for the quick response. I so appreciate that you share your knowledge!!!

You are very welcome- we are plant 'geeks' and we learn from your queries, too! ;)