Spring Garden Tips

Poison Ivy

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Botanical Name

Taxicodendron radicans

Hardiness

Perennial

Height

Creeping or climbing vine, shrub

Flowers

May to July: greenish, hidden by leaves

Fruit

White berries

Fall Color

Yellow, orange, bright red

Light

Sun to shade

Soil

Adaptable

Management

Pull young plants in the garden while wearing gloves, pants and long sleeves. Do not burn pulled plants; this can cause an internal allergic reaction. Spot treat older plants with a total vegetation killer. Dead plants can also cause allergic reactions.

In the lawn, healthy turf and mowing keep this weed under control. If problems occur in remote areas or turf edges, use a chemical labeled for controlling poison ivy that will not harm the grass.

Never destroy poison ivy by fire.  Urushiol (the toxin in poison ivy) remains in the smoke and can lead to serious reactions in the eyes, lungs, or skin.

Always read and follow all label directions before applying any chemical or organic products in the landscape.

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