The Poison Ivy - Poison Oak Blog

poison ivy bush

Basically, poison ivy is a vine. It usually runs along the ground or climbs up trees and walls. 

However, in some cases, it grows into a shrub, and this backyard monster is one of the nastiest we have seen: sent into us by a viewer wondering if this shrub could really be poison ivy.

TAGS: shrub, bush, backyard
May 27, 2016 - 1:37pm
Poison Ivy Flowers and Berries

I got an email today asking if poison ivy ever has flowers, which is a good question. It can have flowers, but they are so tiny that they are often missed. The photo shows the flowers and the berries that they turn into. 

May 20, 2016 - 12:04am
Spring poison ivy

Now that spring has finally arrived, the poison ivy is going bonkers, growing fast up here in the north. Down south, it is already in full leaf, with flowers and berries not far behind.

May 13, 2016 - 5:55pm
Bad poison ivy eye rash

Apologies for the super-grody photo, but this lady wants you to avoid what she has been going through!

If there is any possibility that you have been around poison ivy, DO NOT rub your eyes, or any other sensitive area of the body, or you could get a rash like this one.

TAGS: eyes
May 8, 2016 - 7:50pm
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.

TAGS: shiny, dull
April 20, 2016 - 5:08pm
Bob's Burgers poison ivy scene

Those wacky folks who do the Fox cartoon series Bob's Burgers ran their cartoon kids through a field of poison ivy in a recent episode. 

April 6, 2016 - 10:52pm
evil jacket

I just got an email from somebody who got a poison ivy rash in the exact same spot as last year, but this time without ever being out in the woods.

March 23, 2016 - 9:22pm
Ivy Oaks Analytics

Some very smart and enterprising people have started a company to ELIMINATE poison ivy and related problems from your premises. This service is largely aimed at summer camps, but they can handle many different kinds of situations.

March 9, 2016 - 3:53pm
a darn good poison ivy rash

Recently an article surfaced about a little tiff in the Bradley County, Ohio, Commissioner's Office regarding Worker's Compensation. It seems that 10 workers with poison ivy rashes were taken to hospital emergency rooms for treatment, rather than to less expensive walk-in clinics.

January 6, 2016 - 12:24pm
poison ivy Tshirts

A company called Hapten Sciences is starting a test of a drug to prevent poison ivy, oak, and sumac rashes. In the past, there were shots given for this, but they were just tiny doses of the offending chemical, urushiol, and produced iffy results.

TAGS: vaccine, gifts
December 2, 2015 - 10:39pm