The Poison Ivy - Poison Oak Blog

two poison ivy plants

It never fails to amaze me how different poison ivy can look from one plant to another, one place to another.

TAGS: spring, two looks
May 8, 2020 - 3:56pm
chimney poison ivy

Here is another great example of the relelenless climbing ability that poison can muster.

This is a location in the Philadelphia area, just this last few weeks in late April.

May 4, 2020 - 3:28pm

Here is the story in the victim's own words:

April 27, 2020 - 5:47pm

We know that poison ivy has many different looks: shiny, not shiny, notched, not notched.

But this photo, sent in from a fellow in Texas, made me look not twice, but about 5 times.

TAGS: mottled, Texas
April 7, 2020 - 8:46pm
poison ivy on bark

This is particularly clear example of the hairy climbing vine that poison ivy often becomes.

The reddish hairs show nicely against the dark bark. And you can see both thick vine and thinner vines, plus one hanging off the right side that has no hairs at all.

April 1, 2020 - 7:28pm
free information downloads

We see people going for walks outdoors during this COVID-19 pandemic and we know people are also worried about poison ivy, of if in California, poison oak.

So we have made up three free downloads:

• A poison ivy fact fact sheet

• A poison oak fact sheet

March 23, 2020 - 3:03pm

All of the nasty face rashes from poison ivy come from people touching their face after getting the plant oil on their hands. Rarely does anyone touch poison ivy directly with their face.

So poison ivy reminds us that we can bring invisible bad stuff from hands to face. 

March 12, 2020 - 1:58pm
Urushiol lacquer table

In Japan and China, there is a tree that has a sap containing urushiol, the same oil that causes the skin rash from poison ivy, oak and sumac.

March 9, 2020 - 12:58pm
spring poison ivy

This very mild winter in the northeast will likely result in an early spree of poison ivy sprouting. 

Poison ivy tends to be among the early ones to leaf out (and early to give up in fall).

TAGS: spring
February 28, 2020 - 1:13pm
poison ivy sap

Here we have a 4-inch poison ivy vine that has been sawed through. Note how lots of sap seeps out from the bark layer. 

It is the plant sap that contains the urushiol oil that causes all the problems.

TAGS: urushiol, sap
February 11, 2020 - 12:15pm