It’s poison ivy, it’s not poison ivy.. pretty sure it’s poison ivy, bath it’s definitely not!
Poison ivy (pictures 1 & 3) is super easy to identify! But there are a lot of similar plants…so know what you’re looking for.
- leaves of 3, let it be - this will NEVER fail you. Virginia Creeper pictured in images 2 & 4 here may have 3, 4 or 5 but poison ivy will always have 3.
- look for irregular lobed leaf edges, unlike the Virginia Creeper which has very serrated edges
- poison ivy is not always shiny so don’t count on that as a key characteristic
- poison ivy has many growth forms - on the ground, on the trees, so check out ID resources that show young plants through the very mature vining stage
- poison ivy can change appearance based on time of year - but rarely turns the bright red color of Virginia Creeper seen in fall. Notably, look for sprays of white berries in the summer, usually hanging overhead on mature vines.
When I’m doing - if you know you’re susceptible, carry a kit with an in-field solution that doesn’t require washing with soap&water you can use immediately after exposure (we like Technu or Zanfel)
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