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poison ivy house attack

Umar Mycka, that legendary poison ivy warrior, sent me the photo of a massive poison vine creeping up a house.

There are so many reasons you don't want this kind of thing going on. Let me count the ways:

TAGS: house
June 20, 2017 - 2:38pm
poison ivy books by Anita Sanchez

As a poison ivy nerd, I figure I have heard most of what there is to say about poison ivy. But when I picked up the newest book by Anita Sanchez, "In Praise of Poison Ivy," I was totally mind boggled.

TAGS: books, history
June 15, 2017 - 2:58pm
goat eating poison ivy

We have a new poison ivy control service listed: our first goat-powered service. Goats (and other farm animals) can eat all the poison ivy they want with no ill effects.

TAGS: goats
June 6, 2017 - 10:35am
tall poison ivy

Poison ivy is a vine. It runs along the ground and climbs on trees and buildings. So here we see a plant with stalks over six feet tall. So can this be poison ivy?

May 30, 2017 - 11:20pm
spring differences in poison ivy leaves

Here we have a good example of how different poison ivy leaves can appear, from the first leaves of spring.

Notice how the top "leaves of three" is a typical set of three, all pointed, about the same size.

TAGS: spring
May 11, 2017 - 12:12pm
Poison Oak in California

The CBS station in San Francisco reports that the heavy rains have produced an explosion of poison oak; certainly a less welcome result than the wildflower superblooms in the deserts.

April 13, 2017 - 9:58pm
cat

I just received this totally offbeat way to deal with poison ivy rash:

TAGS: cats
March 29, 2017 - 11:49am
poison ivy conference

If you are a fellow poison ivy freak: someone fascinated by this devilish plant, consider attending the Annual Poison Ivy Conference, put together by Umar Mycka, of The Poison Ivy Horticulturalist. Umar knows pretty much everything there is to know about poison ivy, oak, and sumac.

February 15, 2017 - 2:19pm
poison ivy and trees

My last blog post was about how poison ivy sometimes reveals itself with fall color. Here is a weird one where poison ivy is "pretending" to be part of a tree.

TAGS: fall, autumn
November 4, 2016 - 8:12pm
poison ivy in a hedge in the fall

One interesting thing that happens in the fall is that, sometimes, poison ivy gets shown to be hiding in plain site. Here we have a poison ivy vine growing in a hedge. During the spring, summer, and winter, the ivy blends in with the hedge.

TAGS: fall
October 31, 2016 - 12:09pm

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