Our New Old House

1918 Bungalow


It’s Poison Ivy Season!

“You’re gonna need an ocean of Calamine Lotion!”

Here it is, folks, straight from the back yard at Our New Old House: poison ivy. This lovely specimen is growing on my neighbor’s fence.


We all know the warning “leaves of three, leave it be” but there are so many plants that have groupings of three leaves. Notice the asymmetrical points on the edges of these leaves. That’s how you tell it’s poison ivy. Also, the stems are red and the main stalk or vine has little hairs on it. So use this picture to compare to plants in your yard if you’re not sure.

Garden safely!

2 Responses to “It’s Poison Ivy Season!”

  1. May 29th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    bearfort says:

    A great post, warning and reminder.

    For some reason- I don’t know why I have never reacted to poison ivy. However I am still careful. I may not react today but tomorrow may be another day.

    Since I have (luckily I might add) been up to my waist kneeling in poison ivy weeding it bare-handed out of some of the woodland areas – I have also successfully cultivated it in a few others much to the horror of some.

    I have cultivated it along fences as a ground cover and some trees as it makes a wonderful climbing vine. Call me crazy but it has a beautiful display of bright red leaves in the fall and the birds seem to love the berries.

    I don’t recommend its cultivation but I do keep it under control and well pruned in the areas in which I have cultivated.

    If for some reason you have a resistance you must still take precautions as you may find your tolerance suddenly gone.

  2. June 11th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    delightfuldwelling says:

    Yikes! Luckily, I don’t seem to get poison ivy, but I know if can be a big problem for people that do.

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