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Mar 30, 2014 4:03 PM CST

This ivy/vine seems to meet the characteristics of Poison Ivy but I wanted to make sure. This vine is intertwined with a saw palmetto shrub. Any advice on how to remove the vine without harming the palmetto plant?
We live in southern Atlantic Florida.
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Mar 30, 2014 4:48 PM CST
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Mar 30, 2014 5:41 PM CST
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I would agree. Looks a lot like what we have here.
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Mar 30, 2014 7:55 PM CST
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FYI bleach will neutralize the urushiol - what causes the itch and allergic reaction in the Anacardiaceae family of plants that Poison Ivy belongs to. Thankfully I'm not very sensitive to it but always make it a point to wipe off gardening tools used on Poison Ivy with straight bleach and for skin you want to use a 1 part bleach (regular not concentrate) to 5 parts water dilution.
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Mar 30, 2014 7:56 PM CST
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Definitely poison ivy. Here is our own database entry that includes numerous photos for your comparison:

Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)
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Mar 30, 2014 9:17 PM CST
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You will need to use a systemic brush killer. If you are worried about damaging surrounding vegetation, you can paint the brush killer on...with a brush (That always makes me giggle) rather than using a sprayer. You have to get the timing right, like on a hot day with no rain predicted and all that, but it does work. We cleared Poison Ivy from several properties when we worked landscape maintenance.

We had one situation that was particularly tricky. I took the very slow but sure method of partially filling a plastic coffee can with the brush killer, using clothes pins to pin a few of the Poison Ivy vines in the can so they could suck up the chemical. It's a very slow method but you don't harm any other plants. Just make sure the container/coffee can is secured and covered.
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Mar 30, 2014 10:02 PM CST
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How you go about getting the poison ivy out of the saw palmetto will depend to a great extent on your sensitivity to the poison ivy. Personally, I'm not sensitive, so I would just rip it out. I wouldn't worry about injuring the saw palmetto (they're pretty tough) so much as I would worry about the palmetto injuring me! Green Grin!

I don't know how the Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) would react, but our common (on the east coast of Florida) Dwarf Palmetto (Sabal minor) is not at all impressed with Roundup. Roundup kills poison ivy, so maybe another member has tried to kill Saw Palmetto with Roundup and can advise if your plant is likely to be injured by a little overspray. That might be a viable option if you are really sensitive to Poison Ivy.
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Apr 5, 2014 8:35 AM CST

Thanks everyone for your input!
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