The Poison Ivy - Poison Oak Blog

Maria's Nightmare Poison Ivy Rash

This is a case where a picture is not worth a thousands words. You need to hear Maria's story before you can appreciate just how bad her experience with poison ivy was, and understand how very bad it can be. In her own words.

September 28, 2020 - 10:25pm
defeat donald trump

Here at the poison ivy site we have seen our delivery times rise with absurdly long delays. Recently a simple Priority Mail package took from July 1st to July 31st to reach a customer in the midwest. We spent many hours and paid extra fees to track the package.

August 24, 2020 - 9:40pm
staghorn sumac

We are always surprised by how many visitors to our website are looking for information about poison sumac, not poison ivy and oak.

It turns out that poison sumac is extremely hard to find in most areas: I met a trained botanist with decades in New England who had never seen it!

July 27, 2020 - 3:54pm
California poison oak

Poison oak is found in much of California. It is very adaptable to the dry conditions and it leafs change in shape and size depending on how hot and sunny it is.

This is Pacific poison oak, the only one of the poison ivy-oak-sumac family to be found in California.

July 7, 2020 - 3:03pm
Poison Ivy Fence Disaster

Expert poison ivy spotter, Karin Turer, sent in this monumental fence disaster. Not sure if the poison ivy knocked down the fence, but it has grown into a ming-boggling shrub on this suburban fence.

TAGS: fence, monster
June 22, 2020 - 12:53pm
3 trees with poison ivy vines

This is a very common scene in the eastern half of the United States: roadside trees with poison ivy vines climbing up.

Poison ivy grows as a ground vine which will often start climbing up walls and trees, looking for more light.

TAGS: tree, roadside
June 15, 2020 - 5:18pm
Rabbit in poison ivy

Here is a cute little rabbit sitting among a bunch of poison ivy plants.

Of course, rabbits don't get a rash from poison ivy, and most reports suggest that NO animal other than humans, does get the rash.

TAGS: rabbit
June 8, 2020 - 12:08pm
poison ivy leaves in 3 sizes and colors

The question is: which of these three leaves IS poison ivy?

They are totally different colors, sizes, shapes, and textures.

Not a hard one, of course: they are all three poison ivy, just at different growth stages.

TAGS: sizes, growth
June 2, 2020 - 1:07pm
poison ivy and Virginia creeper

Here is yet another example of the difference between 5-leaved Virginia creeper and 3-leaved poison ivy.

I keep posting versions of this for two reasons:

1. Virginia creeper is still among the most common plants to be confused with poison ivy

May 25, 2020 - 11:53am
jason isbell

Word filtered down to us that Jason Isbell has a line in a song on his newest album, Reunions, that mentions poison ivy and oak.

Naturally, being total poison ivy and poison oak nerds, we wanted to hear it.

The songs is Dreamsicle, and the verse includes:

May 14, 2020 - 5:16pm