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There is a great deal of confusion about poison ivy vs. poison oak, since there are two kinds of poison ivy and two kinds of poison oak. Learn more.

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poison ivy erupts from a shrub
July 15, 2019

We saw this nice little shrub between a parking lot and the road. It is some sort of blue-green evergreen shrub, but with a big mess of poison ivy erupting out of the top.

poison ivy on utility pole
July 8, 2019

Sometimes it seems like poison ivy has a special love for utiliity poles, but in fact it will climb on anything that stands still.

poison ivy trespass sign
July 3, 2019

Here is a curious one.

Did the person put the trespass notice OVER the poison ivy vines, or did the vines creep under the notice?

Our guess is that the sign was applied right over the vines, which means the sign-putter-upper probably had no idea what the vine was.

Virginia Creeper and poison ivy together
June 13, 2019

The two plants often grow intermingled, which creates extra confusion.

The five-leaved plant, Virginia Creeper, is a common gound cover that is sold in nurseries. (Touching it seems to bother some people, but it is not a national health scourge like poison ivy.)