Blog Archives (September 2017)

5 leaf poison ivy

It has been an absolute rule: "Leaves of three, let them be." If a plant has more than three leaves (or leaflets) in a group, then it simply can not be poison ivy.

September 28, 2017 - 12:06pm
pokeweed

I have been getting a number of images of a strange looking plant asking if it is poison sumac. And it is a strange one, with big berries that turn purple. But it is NOT poison sumac.

September 25, 2017 - 1:36pm
poison ivy in fall

In spite of its generally tough-guy attitude, poison ivy is one of the first plants to give up and turn colors in the fall. Which makes early fall a great time to look for it. Often you can find trees, walls, or the ground itself covered with bright red, orange and yellow leaves.

TAGS: autumn, fall
September 14, 2017 - 10:31pm
3 - leaved Virginia Creeper

Virginia creeper is supposed to have 5 leaflets in a group. Normally it does, but occasionally it gets "lazy" and only give out 3. Which is a problem for people trying to distinguish it from poison ivy, which always has the the leaflets.

September 5, 2017 - 10:51pm