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poison ivy in the fall

Here is a nice little story sent in by a visitor to the site, which makes a good reminder for the fall season:

"I had just started kindergarten in 1965. Mom, a recent immigrant from Germany, took my little brother and sister out to gather some beautiful fall leaves, which she brought in to the school when she came to pick me up that afternoon. Eventually, our teacher kindly educated mom exactly what kind of leaves mom had found, but not before...rashes all around!"

Poison ivy is often one of the first plants to turn to lovely fall colors, and it can be quite impressive. However, it will still give you a rash. The urushiol oil may have started to go back into the vines in the fall, as the leaf dies, but there is likely plenty left to give you a dose.