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Virginia Creeper in fall

Be aware that Virginia creeper, the vine that often grows right along with poison ivy, also turns color in the fall. Both can be ground vines and both certainly climb.

October 9, 2018 - 5:10pm
fall poison ivy on fence

Here is yet another example of how poison ivy reveals itself in the fall. We have likely driven by this vine growing on a fence many times. But because the poison ivy turned such great yellow, orange, and red – we noticed it.

TAGS: fall, autumn, fence
October 2, 2018 - 5:10pm
poison ivy fall color

For some reason, poison ivy, the tough guy that grows everywhere, tends to give up and turn fall color very early, before many other plants.

It also comes out pretty early in the spring, so maybe giving up early is part of its internal timing.

TAGS: fall, England, Europe
September 24, 2018 - 12:25pm
poison ivy comic

Umar Mycka, the poison ivy removal wizard from Philadelphia, has been publishing an ongoing graphic novel about The Partners 5, a superhero troop of poison ivy destroyers.

September 19, 2018 - 9:32am
poison ivy conduit

This is an outdoor electric conduit. Growing on it is mostly Virginia creeper, but also a teeny bit of poison ivy.

These two plants often grow together. The thing that ususally makes them easy to tell apart is that Virginia creeper has 5 leaves in a group, whereas poison ivy has 3.

TAGS: conduit
September 14, 2018 - 5:43pm
poison sumac

Poison sumac is a funny topic. Many of the hundreds of thousands of monthly visitors to this site are searching for poison sumac info in Google.

And yet, in 15 years of running this site, I have gotten very few actual photos of poison sumac: it is just not that common.

TAGS: poison sumac
August 24, 2018 - 2:55pm
poison ivy do not enter sign

Ironic, ain't it? This lovely little vine growing up a tree next to a Do No Enter sign...

Yes, it IS poison ivy, ready to ruin the rest of your summer if you brush it, grab it, or use it for a decoration, as has been done.

TAGS: sign
August 22, 2018 - 10:58am
poison ivy roadsgn

Gee, what could that be, creeping up the post holding up that roadsign?

Sure enough, none other than good old poison ivy.

TAGS: street sign
August 13, 2018 - 5:17pm
front yard poison ivy

I was driving along and noticed this monster growth of poison ivy in someone's yard, along with various children's toys. So I knew that kids were at risk of the kind of rash that ruins the whole summer.

August 10, 2018 - 4:56pm
poison ivy treetop

Poison ivy climbs a dead tree, looking for light. When it reaches the top, it spreads out in all directions, a sort of poison ivy explosion, looking for more light and for the next thing to climb upon.

August 3, 2018 - 10:19am

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