Plant ID forum: Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)

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Name: karen
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happychapman
Apr 15, 2015 4:36 PM CST
Just wanting to get some advice from the pros...is this possibly that pesky poison ivy??
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Horntoad
Apr 15, 2015 4:38 PM CST
Looks like it to me.
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porkpal
Apr 15, 2015 5:27 PM CST
I agree.
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plantladylin
Apr 15, 2015 5:30 PM CST
Yep, it sure looks like Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) to me too!
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 15, 2015 7:08 PM CST
DON'T TOUCH IT!!!! Blinking
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Apr 15, 2015 8:53 PM CST
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Frillylily
Apr 15, 2015 9:11 PM CST
DO NOT BURN IT.
it can create a vapor that when inhaled can send some folks to the hospital and it is not a thing to take lightly. That air can blow over several houses down and make even neighbors sick, not just those standing nearby when you burn it.
The oils can also stay 'viable' on tools, gloves or clothing for very long periods of time after handling it. So someone coming into contact with for example pruners or a rake that another person uses, can break them out, even months later.
Name: Wes
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Wes
Apr 16, 2015 2:16 AM CST
Good advice from all above. Played in the woods all my childhood and never showed a symptom. In my 20's though I met it's wrath. A small plant like your photo can cause as much grief as a 20' rope climbing a house.

It can be dealt with and I do it here for payment and customer satisfaction. That said, I do remove from my own property. Just like the kindest cactus, you will get bitten. It's not the end of the world. Unlike a hot pepper, there's no satisfaction factor.

Use disposable clothing (gloves, old worn out long sleeve shirt). Don't wash potentially affected areas with soap on first wash. Fresh clean water over anything remotely affected. Don't touch, rub, or scratch any potentially sensitive areas. I've been fortunate not to deal with Sumac but poison ivy/oak can be awful. I've had rash like reactions from my hands to my elbows and beyond. I did mention awful....

Limit your exposure as best you can but if you don't want an epidemic or pandemic type incident, remove it as you're comfortable with. It doesn't wish away.
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purpleinopp
Apr 16, 2015 7:37 AM CST
Hi & welcome!

If it's that one little plant, you should be able to pull it out, possible all at once, maybe in chunks. I'm extremely sensitive/allergic to that stuff so I do that by putting 3 plastic bags ('cuz 2 just doesn't seem safe enough) over my hand and up my arm, holding the handle parts with my other hand. Pull the plant with the bagged hand and use the other hand to pull the bags over the plant. Dispose in trash, not compost or burn pile, as said above. (And, if you're like me, then you'll run to the shower, in a panic, although you know you didn't touch it.)

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Name: karen
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happychapman
Apr 16, 2015 3:18 PM CST
thank you so much everybody for your wonderful advice!!! I very much appreciate it and will try to dispose of this crap as quickly as possible in a safe way lol

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