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poison ivy seedling

A viewer sent in this very good photo of poison ivy seedling. I think it's cute but she doesn't. You can see the baby leaves, the oval-shaped leaves called cotyledons.

TAGS: seedlings
June 24, 2015 - 5:57pm
odd poison ivy

The biggest problem in trying identify poison ivy is how VARIABLE the plant can be. I couldn't be sure about this plant.

TAGS: unusual
June 22, 2015 - 1:19pm
poison ivy and jewelweed

I was out for a walk one day and ran into a rather educated nature observer. He was able to identify various tree species that I didn't know of. But then he made an interesting statement that struck me as both very lovely and quite untrue.

TAGS: jewelweed
June 15, 2015 - 3:45pm
Sweet Fern vs Poison Ivy

Here is a rare True Fact: poison ivy NEVER grows along with sweet fern. These two plants just don't get along, and I have no idea what is behind this.

TAGS: Sweet Fern
June 9, 2015 - 2:52pm
Leaflets 3

Confession! This website repeats the common phrase, "Leaves of three, let it be." But, technically, the phrase is wrong!

TAGS: leaflets
May 31, 2015 - 12:55pm
monster poison ivy vine

This photo of a monster poison ivy vine was sent in by a viewer. It reminds me of the monster trees that came alive in Harry Potter.

TAGS: monster
May 21, 2015 - 11:02am
SeeLeaf detection wipes

A poison ivy, poison oak detection system created!

TAGS: SeeLeaf
May 6, 2015 - 11:12pm
Site visitors from Nashville

We just launched this all-new version of this website at midnight on April 27...

TAGS: spring
April 28, 2015 - 10:47pm
staghorn sumac

For some reason, people seem to get particularly steamed up about poison sumac. Specifically, they yell at me when I say it is fairly rare and only grows in very wet areas.

April 12, 2015 - 7:30pm
Poison Ivy and Jewelweed

Poison ivy, oak, and sumac tend to generate a lot of folk tales, meaning stuff that isn't necessarily so. Stuff that hasn't been proven, but really SEEMS to be true or that somebody you trust once told you.

TAGS: folklore
January 4, 2015 - 5:09pm

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