Roots: Taproot.

Stems: Erect, freely branched, hairy.

Leaves: All leaves subsequent to the first pair of true leaves are 3-lobed, or less often 5-lobed. Lobes arise from the same point (palmately lobed), and each lobe is lanceolate in shape with toothed margins. Leaves are opposite, hairy, occur on long petioles and are large (4-8 inches wide by 6 inches long).

Flowers: Occur in long slender racemes at the ends of branches (male) or in the leaf axils of the upper leaves (female). Individual flowers are small and greenish.
Fruit: A large (6-12 mm long) black crown-shaped achene.

Identifying Characteristics: Large, 3-lobed leaves and crown-shaped achene. The first true unlobed leaves of giant ragweed may lead to the confusion of this weed with Common Cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium). However, the leaves of cocklebur are alternate.

the flower wand