Virginia Creeper vs Poison Ivy

Virginia Creeper vs Poison Ivy

On the left is a pretty example of Virginia creeper in the fall.

On the right is poison ivy.

In spite of how different they look, Virginia creeper is the number one plant that gets confused with poison ivy.

Here are the two clear ways to tell them apart:

1. Virginia creeper normally has 5 leaves in a group, while poison ivy has 3.

2. Virginia creeper has distinct saw-tooth edges, almost like teeth on a saw blade. Poison ivy may have notches, but not saw-tooth edges.

I get reports that some people react to creeper, but it isn't in the same league with poison ivy, which sends thousands to the doctor each year. And they actually SELL creeper at nurseries.