Blog Archives (poison sumac)

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
Colorful fall sumac

Staghorn sumac is as common as poison ivy; seen along almost all highways in the northeast. In the fall, it comes up with some of the most spectacular fall colors.

TAGS: poison sumac
September 23, 2016 - 12:29pm
staghorn sumac

For some reason, people seem to get particularly steamed up about poison sumac. Specifically, they yell at me when I say it is fairly rare and only grows in very wet areas.

April 12, 2015 - 7:30pm