Avoiding Poison Ivy

Although treating the rash that is caused by the poison ivy plant might be an easy thing to do trying to keep our children away from it can be quite another thing. Growing up our mothers and grandmothers would teach us the “leaves of three let them be” as a handy way to remember how to recognize the plant.

  • It is something that is useful when teaching to our own children – but is it enough? Learn some other important facts about the poison ivy plant so that you and your children can learn to avoid it as best as they can.
  • The plant of the poison ivy has a distinctive leaf pattern that will help you to distinguish it from the plants that surrounds it. Look at it closely and you can see that the stem has only one set of leaves at the node while the other side is completely empty and devoid of any leaves. As we stated earlier they leaves are in sets of three and in an alternate pattern.
  • Most of us look for a plant that is green all the time – which can make it quite hard to spot amongst the other green foliage that surrounds it. However, there are times when the leaves are turning from light green to a much darker green. This is the progression of them as they grow. In the spring the leaves might be orange or even red.
  • If the poison ivy is growing from a vine that is hanging from a tree then that vine should have tiny red hairs on it.
  • It is hard to think that a plant such as this could have flowers. At certain times of year you can see small white flowers blooming from it.
  • Growing up our parents always warned that if we saw any berried growing on a plant to never eat them or even pick them. Many of us thought that they were poisonous and never once thought that they were trying to protect us from the poison ivy – which can grow small white berries.