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July 3, 2013 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

Almost wordless: I am 99% sure this is Poison Ivy: Alternating clusters of three leaves with long middle stem, white flowers/berries, notch on side leaflets, rough, almost furry main stem wrapping the tree. I am seeing a lot of it this year. This healthy specimen was on a wooded path at my bird monitoring point, so I had some time to stare at it while I listened for birds. I could be wrong but I’m not going to touch it to find out. Birds, by the way, can safely eat the berries.

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  1. BermudaOnion / Jul 3 2013 7:05 am

    I’ve never gotten into poison ivy and I hope I never do!

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  2. Marie / Jul 3 2013 7:38 am

    Better safe than sorry. Apparently, we have a ton of it here this year, too. I still have a hard time identifying it even though I know all of the things to look out for. I’ve only had the poison ivy rash once and that was more than enough. Very nice photo, by the way.

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    • Leslie / Jul 4 2013 1:48 am

      I’m getting better at identifying it. I used to avoid anything that had three leaves or climbed a tree.

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  3. Meg / Jul 3 2013 7:39 am

    Eek! I wouldn’t touch it to try and find out, either.

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  4. readerbuzz / Jul 3 2013 8:01 am

    I sat on a little poison ivy one time. Don’t try it.

    Here’s my Wordless Wednesday.

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  5. Carol / Jul 3 2013 9:49 am

    I always have trouble picking out what’s poison ivy. Thankfully I don’t get it too badly. My daughter on the other hand had her legs covered with is last summer.

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    • Leslie / Jul 4 2013 1:51 am

      I’ve never gotten it but I have very sensitive skin which irritates easily so I’m paranoid about it. And I’m seeing it on every hike this year… and last year too.

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  6. Leeswammes / Jul 3 2013 9:59 am

    Thanks for showing poison ivy! I’ve heard of it, in books, and wasn’t really sure what it would be like. I only know this kind of ivy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedera_algeriensis

    We in Europe tend to get stung by nettles. Not a pleasure but not as bad as poison ivy, I think!

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    • Leslie / Jul 4 2013 1:57 am

      The poison ivy plant doesn’t look as evil as it is, and animals are not bothered by it, only humans and to varying degrees. I haven’t run into any nettles yet but I’m pretty sure we have them here too.

      Your ivy looks like what we call English Ivy, and some people (me) consider it a weed. I have a patch of it along my back fence that I can’t get rid of, even weed killer won’t kill it.

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      • Leeswammes / Jul 4 2013 6:44 am

        Leslie, I also have a patch of this ivy in my back garden, in a corner near the garden of my neighbors (I think it comes from them!). I keep pulling it away but it keeps coming back. Ah, it’s a challenge!

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  7. Beth F / Jul 3 2013 1:12 pm

    I used to be immune to poison ivy, but now I seem to get it. Drat.

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  8. Suko / Jul 3 2013 1:15 pm

    Very lovely photo, Leslie. So green!

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  9. irene / Jul 3 2013 2:33 pm

    Ooooo, I don’t think I’ve ever stopped to look at it, thanks.

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  10. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Jul 3 2013 7:16 pm

    Oh yes, that is the wicked little vine that caused me much “irritation” for 10 years when our home abutted the woods.

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