There is nothing like a long nature hike to relieve stress and invigorate your soul. Poison ivy is a common plant which found in North America. Poison ivy is a plant which you should learn to identify so that you can avoid it. Poison ivy grows in shady or sunny locations. There are some other plants which contain poison: poison oak, poison sumac and poisonwood. If you are a tenderfoot, you may not know what these plants look like. Within 12 to 72 hours of touching any of these plants you may develop an uncomfortable, itchy and red rashes accompanied by swelling and blisters.
An oily resin called urushiol, which is found in all parts of the plant, can cause skin rashes when people come in contact with it. If someone is burning the plants and you are close to those plants, airborne urushiol can land on your skin and cause itchy breakouts. Fortunately, it is not that difficult to identify this plant. With some information and practice you can easily identify poison ivy. This article will help you in this; let’s take a look at how can you identify poison ivy. Poison ivy can be identified as follows
Poison ivy has leaves that grows in groups of three
Poison ivy leaves are pointed at the tip
Poison ivy usually green in the spring and reddish or orange in the fall
Poison ivy grows as both a vine and as a shrub
Poison ivy flowers with small clusters of white berries in the spring that last throughout the winter.
The one of the best ways to identify poison ivy. Poison ivy plant has cluster of three leaves. The leaflets are commonly toothed and lobed, but can also be smooth-edged. Poison ivy grows in alternative fashion; I mean these leaves can alternatively grow on the right side then on the left side of the main vine. The ultimate sign of this plant is that they are solid green in color, pointed leaves that hang from the steam in groups of three. From spring to summer this plant has shiny and green colored leaves. In the fall their leaves turn reddish and orange in color.
Flowers and berries
Flowers of this plant are found in gray, white, yellow or green petals which grow in cluster. According to studies the exact diameter of its leaves is 1/8 inch to ½ inch. The flowers of this plant form between may to July. Berries form in summers which are small in size approximately ¼ inch, round cream colored balls dropping from the leaf axils.
Over all appearances
This plant is also called as a transformer because this can change or take many varying appearances. The leaves tend to be bright or dark, and waxy green when viewed from above. The center leaf usually has small steam: whereas the two sides of leaves grow directly from the vine.
Poison ivy is a very widespread plant, frequently appearing along the edge of roadways, paths and other areas. One of the main reasons for its wide distribution is that its fruits are eaten by birds and deer. Study shows that almost 60 spices of birds have been documented to eat poison ivy berries. It looks similar to several common backyard plants including boxelder. The rootlets have a hairy appearance. Twigs of poison ivy may be covered with fine hairs. The bark of poison ivy is gray.
I know there are some people who usually get confused when they try to identify the poison ivy. Or maybe you have never actually seen it. These tips which I have mentioned above will help you to identify the poison ivy easily.