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LEAVES OF THREE, LET THEM BE?
Poison Ivy grows as a shrub, vine or climber, has 3 leaves, can be shiny or matte, hairy or smooth. Most often the leaves match the other side of the other leaves on the same stem. The notches on the leaves can be small to large or the edges can be smooth. The middle leaf can have notches on both sides pointed in the middle and the side leaves may have notches on one side and smaller notches or smooth on the other side. Most often the plant is near a vine on or near a tree. In the fall, the leaves can be yellow or reddish leaves and the berries are white. Birds love these small berries, which they deposit somewhere else and that is how it spreads.
If skin comes in contact with the oil (called Urushiol) wash immediately with strong soap or doctor recommended product. Do not use plain water as the oil will spread. The oil can stay on clothes and shoes for up to a year. Your pets can also spread the oil to you.
Poison Ivy is a fascinating plant, it's diversity not only in where and how it can grow, but I have noticed that no two leaves seem exactly alike! Now you may be able to prove me wrong, but please don't send them to me.
You may have heard the phrase "Leaves of three, Let them be." Well, that my keep you out of the woods altogether as I have tried to show with the quizzes.