Identifying Poison Ivy

If you do a lot of gardening, camping, or hiking it is well worth the time to become familiar with the appearance of poison ivy, to better avoid contact. This is a page about identifying poison ivy.


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I learned something new. My daughter and I took a stroll on a farm path down by the woods. As we were walking, I noticed a tree that had a limb, about head high, that was filled with pretty leaves with small white clusters of flowers.

I asked,"What kind of tree is that?" She said, "It's not a tree, it's poison ivy." Sure did look like a limb on a small tree to me. I'm glad I did not touch it.

I had never seen poison ivy that grew this high and was branched out like that.

I've always thought poison ivy and poison oak were the same. I learned that poison ivy is a vine and poison oak is more like a small shrub. Both can be identified by the three-leaf cluster and the shape of the leaves.

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April 13, 2019

What does poison ivy look like?


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(1) clusters of three leaflets, (2) alternate leaf arrangement, (3) lack of thorns, and (4) each group of three leaflets grows on its own stem, which connects to the main vine. Hope this helps! Be safe!

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January 20, 2013

This page is about home remedies for poison oak. When you come in contact with this plant, you want to reduce the inflammation and painful itch.

Home Remedies for Poison Ivy

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