Home-Poison Ivy

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Almost every child has grown up hearing that warning.

Poison Ivy grows in a vine or as a shrub across North America. Poison ivy can appear in fields, wooded areas, river banks and along the road.

It seems like no place is safe from the dreaded little plant that causes such a big itch.poisonivymap - Home-Poison Ivy

If you have ever come in contact with it from working in the yard or from a hike and found a red, itchy rash on your exposed skin, you have probably encountered poison ivy.

The rash that results from contact with the poison leaf is incredibly painful and very unsightly.poison ivy rash

Poison ivy carries a specific oil called urushiol in its leaves and roots that cause an allergic flare up in 80% of people.

(according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

These poisons remain active even if the plant itself is dead!

Identifying Poison Ivy

Poison ivy has a very specific leaf arrangement. The leaves are clustered into poison ivy plantgroups of three (although in some more rare cases, there could be more or less leaves in the bunch).

The leaf shape and color is dependent upon the type of poison ivy and what time of year it is.

The leaves on the plant can be a dull color or shiny. They have pointed tips and thin roots.

In the summer months across North America, the plant will grow yellow flowers with white berries.

In the fall the berries and flowers die and the leaves become red or yellow.

This is the typical seasonal color change: the green fades to yellow and dark brown to black blotches develop.

At this time of year, looking for three leaves will not work.

The asymmetric leaf shape and the color pattern are the best key indicators in autumn.


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