Poison Ivy Revealed in Autumn

poison ivy in fall

Poison ivy often reveals itself in the fall.

It tends to turn colors early and so it can stand out from the still-green neighboring plants.

This large growth was along the edge of a suburban lawn near me; I have driven by this location many times, but never noticed the poison ivy. But with the ivy turning screaming yellow, orange, and red, it was impossible to miss.

(I knocked on the door to alert the homeownwers, but nobody was home.)

Keep in mind that Virginia creeper and other plants do turn color in the fall, so color alone is not enough to ID poison ivy: you need to look for the leaves of three and other telltale signs.