Gorgeous poison ivy

Spent the day in the field yesterday with Liz Johnson of James Madison University and her fun group of students in a “Geology of Skyline Drive” summer course. More on the geology later… For now, I just wanted to toss a group of photos of poison ivy up here. Look at this beautiful plant!

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Look, but don’t touch!

3 Responses

  1. Out here we have poison oak, and it looks very similar. The thing that’s different is that it has different habits: it can be a small to medium shrub, it can be a ground creeper, or it can be a viney climber. So you have to pretty much look at every plant that’s not a tree to make sure you avoid it.

  2. I agree with Lockwood, the poison oak is everywhere out here it seems, and it is hypnotically beautiful, too. Shiny bright leaves of many colors.

  3. Beautiful photos Callan. It is a physically attractive plant in more ways than one. Poison Ivy berries are actually one of the best native bird foods.

    http://www.for-wild.org/land/wibirdpl.html

    Cursor down to native vines section 55 birds eat them.

    …too bad so many have allergic reactions to it including me. Last year I had a bad case of it on my arm that happened right before(a possible catalyst?) I also came down with a bad case of shingles on my neck and scalp which three doctors mis- diagnosed as poison ivy! Believe me the shingles is worse!

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