Let’s talk Poison Ivy! Many of us are allergic to the oily resin on the plant called urushiol.
This oil is found throughout the leaves, stems, vines, and roots of the plant.
This plant is very prevalent in our area, due to being a native plant!
Some defining features of Poison Ivy include:
- Tri-leaf pattern
- Shiny green leaves
- New growth leaves are more red in color. This is the plants natural defense system to the powerful UV rays from the sun. The red acts as a “sunblock” to protect the plant from being damaged. This is also seen in roses.
- Vines containing “gorilla hair” on them, which are roots and also can cause an allergic reaction even when in the dormant season.