Poison Ivy, Another Unfriendly Visitor

26 Jan

With the ability to grow up to 10-feet and the skills to climb trees, walls and fences, Poison Ivy could be lurking beneath your feet as it trails the ground awaiting a chance to cause you an allergic reaction. Unlike Poison Oak, Poison Ivy is poisonous from root to leaf. Every part of the plant is poisonous all year round. If you do come in contact with the plant, immediately wash all exposed areas, including your clothing, and get rid of any oils the plant has left behind. If you are able to wash the contaminated area within 5 minutes, you may be able to stop the irritating rash that follows.

The reaction someone gets when coming in contact with Poison Ivy can vary year to year. Beware- the oils from this plant can not only be transmitted by your clothing, but can also hang on pet fur and be carried in smoke if the plant is being burned. If you are burning an area of land where this plant grows DO NOT stand in the way of the smoke! By inhaling the smoke you can spread this rash into your respiratory system and cause serious problems.

The following are images of what Poison Ivy looks like and the common plants that it is confused with.

Poison Ivy

  • three divided leaves
  • center leaflet on a longer stalk
  • white, waxy berries along the stem
  • leaves alternate on the stem
  • erect shrub or climbing vine

Fragrant Sumac

  • three divided leaves
  • center leaflets not on a stalk
  • red, fuzzy berries at the end of stem
  • erect shrub

Virginia Creeper

  • three to five divided leaves
  • leaflets palmate like an outstretched hand
  • blue-black berries along the stem
  • trailing or climbing vine

Box Elder

  • three to seven divided leaves
  • leaflets pinnate like a feather
  • leaves opposite on stem
  • erect tree


Posted by on January 26, 2011 in Outdoor Living, Tips and Tricks


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2 responses to “Poison Ivy, Another Unfriendly Visitor

  1. Drake

    February 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I’ll be following your blog. 🙂

  2. Sid Harlem

    February 10, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I’m not that much of a blog reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, you have lots of great info and useful tips. keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back in the future. Thanks!


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