Most gardeners are well acquainted with poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans), the plant that can turn an outing into a nightmare of itching, blistering skin. But what about poison ivy lookalikes? It’s important to be able to recognize both poison ivy and plants that look like it to keep you safe in the great outdoors. Poison Ivy- the Real Deal Let’s start with poison ivy, an excellent plant to avoid while gardening or hiking. Its stems and foliage contain urushiol, compounds that inflame and blister the skin. The result is itching and sometimes a quick trip to the doctor. This native plant invades forests, wetlands, and mountain landscapes, appearing as a shrub or a vine. What does a poison ivy leaf look like? You may expect this notorious plant to have a dramatic presentation, but no, it looks like many other low shrubs or climbing vines. Each leaf has three leaflets, […]
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