Is Poison Ivy Shiny, Or Not? Yes!

poison ivy, shiny and not shiny

A viewer from Tennessee sent in this photo. I have run into many people over the years that believe that poison ivy always has shiny leaves. And it usually does, but by no means always. Here is a great photo where one group of three leaflets is all shiny, and then on the right the two side leaflets are totally NOT SHINY!

So the lesson is simple: don't rely on the "poison ivy (or poison oak) is shiny" rule. If you stumble through a patch of dull poison ivy leaves, your summer will be anything but dull. 

And the vine in the very bottom right, without the "leaves of three" is NOT poison ivy.