Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

poison ivy plant

Poison Ivy often grows along with Virginia Creeper, which disguises it, but not the irritation problems it causes.

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director

Despite the heat and bugs, nothing beats spending time outside with family. Make sure children understand the plants to stay away from when they are out picking the abundant wildflowers in bloom this time of year.

The familiar rhymes, “leaflets three, let it be” and, “berries white, run in fright” are good lessons for kids. “Hairy vine, no friend of mine” is another reminder of the physical characteristics of poison ivy and poison oak. Stay safe this summer by knowing how to identify these poisonous plants! Read the full article here.

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