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poison ivy erupts from a shrub

We saw this nice little shrub between a parking lot and the road. It is some sort of blue-green evergreen shrub, but with a big mess of poison ivy erupting out of the top.

TAGS: shrub
July 15, 2019 - 8:24pm
poison ivy on utility pole

Sometimes it seems like poison ivy has a special love for utiliity poles, but in fact it will climb on anything that stands still.

July 8, 2019 - 10:50am
poison ivy trespass sign

Here is a curious one.

Did the person put the trespass notice OVER the poison ivy vines, or did the vines creep under the notice?

Our guess is that the sign was applied right over the vines, which means the sign-putter-upper probably had no idea what the vine was.

July 3, 2019 - 11:16am
Virginia Creeper and poison ivy together

The two plants often grow intermingled, which creates extra confusion.

The five-leaved plant, Virginia Creeper, is a common gound cover that is sold in nurseries. (Touching it seems to bother some people, but it is not a national health scourge like poison ivy.)

June 13, 2019 - 10:40am
tall poison ivy

Poison ivy most often grows in two forms: a ground vine and a climbing vine.

But it is easy to show that the ground vine will become a climbing vine when it runs into a vertical to climb, such as a wall or a tree.

TAGS: shrub, tall
May 24, 2019 - 5:22pm

Toronto radio hosts Roz and Mocha talk about how Roz is dealing with a major poison ivy rash attack. This is the ONLY radio discussion of poison ivy on this site!

TAGS: radio, rash
May 21, 2019 - 12:33pm
poison ivy in hedge

Here is a lovely example of poison ivy invading a typical hedge outside someone's house.

Note how the hedge is barely growing in the pleasant spring weather, whiile the poison ivy is jumping 6 inches up.

May 20, 2019 - 10:57am
NOMPI gloves

There is now a special anti poison ivy gardening glove available called NOMPI! Which stands for No More Poison Ivy. The gloves have long sleeves attached to protect forearms.

They are made with care by their inventor after she got one too many poison ivy rashes.

TAGS: gloves, NOMPI
May 16, 2019 - 4:04pm
rooftop poison ivy

Here is a great example of poison ivy growing in a city and also coming over a rooftop. Looks like this vine started behind a wall, climbed up, found sunlight, exploded with growht in all directions, and sent out enough berries to feed a flock of birds. 

May 7, 2019 - 5:18pm
poison ivy in corner of building

This photo, taken on April 14th in Bedford, Massachusetts, shows a poison ivy vine that is way ahead of most of the poison ivy here in New England. Most other poison ivy had just shown the tiniest of red leaf buds at this date.

TAGS: wall, spring
April 30, 2019 - 10:41am

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