* Leaves 3-parted, long-stalked. Poison ivy leaves come in multiple shapes
and textures; they can be stiff, leathery, or thin, hairy or hairless,
shiny or dull, toothed or not, and reddish when young, 4-14".
* Plant grows erect or as a trailing vine with aerial
* Flowers small, yellowish.
* Fruits small, smooth, white and round, clustered.
* Height: 2-5' when not climbing.
* Flowers May - July.
* Fruits August - November.
* Habitat: Young woodlands, thickets, path edges, sand dunes, walls.
* Range: Eastern United States.
* Poison ivy is POISONOUS! Avoid it, for every part of the plant contains
an oil that inflames skin and results in painfully itchy blisters and
rashes. It also spreads incredibly easily, so touching a part of your
body with poison ivy and then touching another part of your body or
someone else will transfer the oil. The best course of action when
you've come in contact with poison ivy? Water alone actually spreads
the oil, so wash the affected area as soon as possible with a strong
* Numerous species of birds feast on the berries of the poison
ivy plant. Indeed, humans seem to be the only species unable
to tolerate the plant's oils.