I is for Poison Ivy

We are repeating a favored perennial for ‘I” on the Blogging From A to Z Challenge: Ivy, of the poisonous kind!

Please consider this a nature service announcement! This native vine can be one of the nastiest you encounter in our woods, fields, and even your lovely foundation plantings. Notice we said ‘can be’. Some people do not react to this plant’s oils that cause itching. But with exposure, their tolerance can decrease, so it pays not to expose yourself unnecessarily.

In the spring, it looks like this:

In the fall it looks like this:

In the winter it looks like this:

Don’t get poison ivy this year. Know what it looks like so you can avoid it.

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2 thoughts on “I is for Poison Ivy

  1. It can be so pretty. As for sensitivity, it always fascinates me how some things work like that. Allergy shots give people a low dose of their allergen to aid them (at least when I got them years ago). Then some things like this and fire ant toxins work the opposite. ~shakes head~ The science is beyond me. Happy blogging!

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