Poison Ivy Gives Up Early

Fall poison ivy

For all of its tough-guy reputation, eastern poison ivy is one of the first plants to give in and turn colors in the late summer. No idea why it does this before even the other vines, like Virginia creeper turn. But you can see pretty magnificent fall color starting now in poison ivy, and certainly through September. Of course, this all depends on where you live. How does it work in places like Florida, where there never is any frost? Let us know. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for lovely fall colors too early in the season: good chance they are poison ivy.