Jun 17 2010

How can poison ivy be identified?

Category: Lawn & Garden


Poison IvyPoison Ivy is typically identified by its small red or purple leaves or leaflets that emerge in the spring of each year. Each leaf will normally have three leaflets that are 2” to 4” in length. “Leaves of three, let it be,” is a great adage to remember to beware. By mid summer poison ivy will typically turn green and grow clusters of small greenish white flowers. Each flower expands into a round, white berry called a drupe. The drupe also becomes the key identification characteristic by winter. However, not all poison ivy plants will bear fruit because some of the poison ivy flowers are male only. Another key attribute of poison ivy is the occurrence of aerial rootlets.

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