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hairy poison ivy vine

All climbing vines have some way to hold onto the surface they climb on. But no other vine in its territory has the distinct hairy vines that poison ivy has.

TAGS: hairy, vine
November 25, 2020 - 4:26pm
poison ivy wall

Drove past this garage and noticed a massive growth of poison ivy on the outside wall.

I stopped in to inform the owner that they had a potential problem out there. He was friendly and said he know about it. 

But see those thick, hairy vines? Nothing else has quite that look. 

TAGS: wall, hairy
November 12, 2020 - 11:48am
chain sawing poison ivy

We went out did what you should think twice about: cutting a poison ivy vine with a chain saw.

Cutting into the bark releases gobs of the sap that contains the urushiol oil that can land you in the ER.

TAGS: chain saw
October 23, 2020 - 1:28pm
fall poison ivy

The story is told that people brought poison ivy BACK to Europe because of the great fall color.

Here is poison ivy growing out of a hedge, and it has some of the most amazing fall color in our area. 

TAGS: fall, hedge, Europe
October 19, 2020 - 3:10pm
hairy poison ivy vine plus berries

There is a little poison ivy trick revealed in this photo: it shows the classic hairy vines of poison ivy holding tight to a tree. But it also shows the dried poison berries.

TAGS: hairy, berries, thin, thick
October 14, 2020 - 5:31pm
Maria's Nightmare Poison Ivy Rash

This is a case where a picture is not worth a thousands words. You need to hear Maria's story before you can appreciate just how bad her experience with poison ivy was, and understand how very bad it can be. In her own words.

September 28, 2020 - 10:25pm
defeat donald trump

Here at the poison ivy site we have seen our delivery times rise with absurdly long delays. Recently a simple Priority Mail package took from July 1st to July 31st to reach a customer in the midwest. We spent many hours and paid extra fees to track the package.

August 24, 2020 - 9:40pm
staghorn sumac

We are always surprised by how many visitors to our website are looking for information about poison sumac, not poison ivy and oak.

It turns out that poison sumac is extremely hard to find in most areas: I met a trained botanist with decades in New England who had never seen it!

July 27, 2020 - 3:54pm
California poison oak

Poison oak is found in much of California. It is very adaptable to the dry conditions and it leafs change in shape and size depending on how hot and sunny it is.

This is Pacific poison oak, the only one of the poison ivy-oak-sumac family to be found in California.

July 7, 2020 - 3:03pm
Poison Ivy Fence Disaster

Expert poison ivy spotter, Karin Turer, sent in this monumental fence disaster. Not sure if the poison ivy knocked down the fence, but it has grown into a ming-boggling shrub on this suburban fence.

TAGS: fence, monster
June 22, 2020 - 12:53pm