Identifying 5 Leaved Vine, Poisonous Or Not? - Knowledgebase Question

Olathe, KS
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Question by iamnpruett
April 28, 2001
I have a 5-leaved vine, not poison ivy, but it looks very similar. The leaves are jagged, the stalk is dark red, the leaves are bright grass green. It grows under my deck and comes up every spring. Is there any way of identifying it? If it isn't poisonous, I will leave it alone, but I am concerned my dog or small children who visit might be infected.

Answer from NGA
April 28, 2001
Without seeing the plant I can't be sure, but you may have 5-leaf Akebia, especially if the vine produces clusters of dull pruple, vanilla-scented flowers. It's a fast-growing vining plant, and thrives in either sun or shade. For positive identification, take a sample of the plant to a nursery or to your local Cooperative Extension office. (913) 764-6300.

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