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Poison Ivy Pictures and Identification Tips Poison Ivy. By. Vincent Iannelli, MD. facebook; Vincent Iannelli, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Iannelli has cared for children for more than 20 years.

Learn about our editorial process. For both western and eastern poison ivy, the leaves are made up of three-pointed leaf clusters that have a glossy surface. This is where the old saying, “Leaves of three, let it be,” comes from. The following pictures of poison ivy will help identify each part of the plant and spot it easily next time you’re out on a hike.

Leaves: Always in Three, Jagged Edges, Pointy Tips, Middle Leaf on a Longer Stem In order to remember how many leaves poison ivy has, there is a popular saying that goes “Leaves of three?Poison ivy will turn yellow or red in the fall and can still cause a rash. Thick, hairy poison ivy vine growing up a tree Photo: Ohio State Weed Lab,The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org What is NOT poison ivy. Above are boxelder seedlings which can look very much like poison ivy with compound leaves with three leaflets. However, notice the.

Identify poison ivy online PoisonIvy.org has photos of poison ivy varieties throughout the seasons that you can view. You can also upload a photo you’ve taken and find out if it’s poison ivy or. Poison ivy leaves always grow in groups of threes. Jlewoldsen on Pixabay True, there are a lot of other plants that have three leaves, but most times when you see one with three leaflets, all of which are pointed at the tip (as seen above), it should definitely be a red flag.

People are frequently confused by these two plants when they are first learning to identify poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans).). Although the individual leaflets are similar, Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) has five leaflets to each leaf while poison ivy has three. Let’s make some other comparisons between these “looks similar” plants. The edges of the solid green leaves, while reminiscent of an oak tree, are less dramatic.

Poison oak is most often seen in shrub form, but it can also grow as a vine. Image courtesy of www.poison-ivy.org. When it comes to identifying poison ivy and oak, a quick rule of thumb is: Leaves of three, beware of me. Poison ivy: Poison ivy can cause more than just an annoying itch. Did you know that you can develop serious health problems from attempting to eradicate poison ivy by burning the vines? And as commonly as one hears people speaking of poison ivy, proper weed identification for this plant is.

With our helpful collection of poison ivy pictures, you can more easily identify when danger might strike you or your loved ones. ” Leaves of Three, Leave it be” While many people follow the rule of “leaves of three, leave it be,’ there are other identifying features to be on the lookout for, including the color of the berries and the seasonal changes the plant undergoes.

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If someone accidentally contacts one of these plants, he or she should remove any clothing that may have contacted the plant, wash the affected area with Zanfel soap or another poison ivy soap, and perhaps apply an antipruritic cream or lotion, such as calamine lotion.

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For poison ivy or poison oak, apply neat tea tree oil all over the area, then bind with cloths soaked in sweet fern hydrosol.

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Poison ivy is common in wetter, shadier areas, so wear long pants and boots when hiking.

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Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans [Ll Kuntze) has alternate, compound leaves composed of three leaflets that are broadest near their base.

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Linear vesicular streaks are commonly seen in poison ivy, oak, and sumac dermatitis, but contact with other plants can give a similar picture.

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  • Thank you! Your video helped me identify ��% that I have poison ivy… that asymmetrical “mitten” is what sets your video apart & made all the difference in the world for a clear distinction.

  • I think the thing most confused me most thru the years is the side notches on the leaves. They exhibit only sometimes, other times they are too subtle or undergrown to notice.

  • I surveyed land in the midwest for 40+ yrs and this plant was always present… I have seen it grow 30 feet high up trees and choke them to death so only the poison Ivy was left. I would take a machete and chop through vines 2-3″ thick to kill it…

  • Very helpful. I am going to check out my yard first thing in the morning. There’s LOTS of stuff going on including massive poison ivys:(((((((

  • Great video! That is why I patented a new line of sleeved gardening gloves called NOMPI gloves. Check them out! Great way to keep the urishol from touching your skin in the summer.:) Thank you for the info!!

  • For years I was. Not alergic could handle bare handed. No more dont know why I was but it’s gone. Now I dont knowingly get near it. So if you’ve been lucky with it dont count on it.

  • This stuff is so bad!! The BEST thing for you if you get lit by this is BANANA OIL. Like attracts like…this stuff is acidic oil. It eats into you then you itch and leak and spread it…BANANA OIL can’t beat it for this crap…I call the big ones Gorilla arms because they are huge with what looks like hair or fur growing off it. So infective! The fire is WORSE! You will be hospitalized for it and be walking around later looking like a MUMMY…all the bandages…oh the bandages!! Terrible…NEVER BURN IT.

  • At the 4:21 mark just slightly left of center, isn’t that poison sumac? It has a long stem and opposing leaves.
    Again at the 4:26 mark BEHIND the poison ivy, I don’t know, but it looks like it may be poison sumac also, it has that long stem with round opposing leaves. Frolicking in the Virginia creepers looks like you could still get in trouble if they’re usually mixed with other poisonous plants. It looks like with ivy and oak the three leaf poems can help, but with the sumac…well…

  • Leaves of three, leave them!
    Great video, when I’m showing people about poison ivy is the three leaves and the center leaf stem is always ( at least what I’ve seen ) a reddish color.
    Play with it in any form and nothing good will happen.
    If you do get it on you, scrub with any soap ( I always use fast orange and / dawn, and scrub it with washcloth very vigorously.) If on your clothes leave outside DO NOT put in dirty clothes hamper.

  • I noticed that some of the poison ivy leaves were either consumed or diseased. And natural ways of controlling Poisson Ivy besides goats?

  • Leaflets 3 let it be, berries white poisonous sight. We learned it in Boy Scouts. But I’m not allergic, nor is my dad. Just genetics I guess.

  • It can also spread though the air. The wind and blow the oils off the leaves and get it on your skin. Happened to me and I didn’t even get near or touch the plant.

  • That’s exactly what I have along my fence and even grows over the roof of my shed. My cats rub on it and I get the rash if I pet them.

  • great thank you, I have very similar leaves of three all along my back fenece, need to check the other points….never had a rash….

  • I was immune to poison ivy for the first 52 years of my life. All my brothers were also immune. My children were not, but I had no clue where they were getting it. Suddenly, little by little, I got small itchy rashes but didn’t know what they were. Then one year, three quarters of my face swelled up and drove me mad with the itching. I needed serious medicine to bring it under control. You CAN LOSE YOUR IMMUNITY! Learn to identify it even if you know you are immune!

  • Thanks, this plant hurts me so bad I almost get hospitalized, and sometimes I don’t go into the woods to get it on me it is almost magical.

  • Leaves of three let it be. I’ve found a shower after the possibility of contact reduces or eliminates an outbreak. The sooner the better, and definitely not a hot shower, as the hot water will open pores. Some people swear by rinsing with kerosene.

  • Love the list of mnemonics. Oh, dear, we’ve got lots of Virginia creeper, too, growing through the gaps of the fences, all from the neighbors yard! Very informative video. Thank you very much.

  • you’re gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion…..right. Got it on both arms right now. NO idea where I touched the plants….but thanks for advice. will get clearlac.

  • I will show you a huge stand of poison Sumac in Ohio, right along with poison ivy…..you are wrong about them not growing in the same location…..both are on my property!

  • toooooooooooo loooooooooooooong. i could not watch. Remember: you tube is TV. short, sweet, facts. stop talking. Just facts. thanks!

  • You mention regular poison ivy (toxicodendron radicans), but you neglect to mention the other poison ivy known as Rydberg’s poison ivy (toxicodendron rydbergii), which is equally as poisonous and extends much further westward, native to most of the contiguous United States (except the southeastern states, New Jersey, Delaware, and California) & most of Canada too (from the Maritimes to British Columbia).


  • I came to this video after contracting poison Ivy for the 4th time in the last 5 months, you’d think I would’ve looked this up by now ��

  • Hello. We recently moved to South Carolina. After cutting down some trees we learned the hard way there is poison ivy. Regarding identification: How small can poison ivy be? We have some crawling plants that fit your description but the leaves are only about 1/2″ but do seem to be getting bigger. It is also growing in the grass. Others are quite large growing straight up. Yet others seem to just appear as a singular plantling in the gravel driveway. Would it be possible to send photos for you to confirm these are poison ivy? It would be greatly appreciated. My husband has really suffered after we cut down the trees and we still have quite a bit of work to do in that area. We are thinking of renting goats as there is a company nearby with that service. Thank you in advance.

  • Thank you! I have the rash right now. I got it from my Dads garden…. it’s all weeping….I read that Jewelweed is a cure….I have seeds,but haven’t sprouted it yet.

  • Can you confirm whether the blackberry or raspberry have the bones as you describe of the arms from the torso but are identified as such because of the presence of thorns? Looked at them side by side with poison ivy and the leaves seem to stick out very similarly.

  • WOW. My son showed me this video after I was stressing over what was and was not Ivy in my garden. Being deathly allergic to poison ivy you can only imagine how stressful it is to think I have ivy in my beloved garden. Now after watching this video Umar put me to ease. I always used the “leaves of three, let it be” saying but now I’m going to look for the HEAD, NECK, 2 arms connected to the TORSO. Thank you so much this was VERY informative!

  • There used to be a pill you could get that would keep you from get poison ivy. You could check in health food stores and ask if they carry it. I don’t remember the name. It’s a tiny, round, white pill. You would start taking it a few weeks before you would be exposed to it and you would build an immunity to it. My brother in law would eat a tiny piece of the new spring leaves and he never got it. I was never brave enough to do that though.

  • “Leaves of three, let it be…!”. My parents’ Mid-MI front, side and back woods all were infested with Poison Ivy. Green leaves, a fuzzy vine or runner, or a weird sapling-like shoot are poison ivy on their property. I personally despise the use of Round-Up, but aside from a serious application of large amounts of boiling white vinegar directly on the taproots, kill poison ivy by any means necessary…!

  • If you are close enough to see the lower branches and main stem of poison ivy, you probably already have been affected by the oils.

  • Jesus man it’s poison ivy not the boogie man. Poison ivy is coming for you all AHHHHHAHAHAHAHA AAAAHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHA. you can run but can’t hide AHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHA AHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA

  • HUGE Tip: If you are ever worried you touched poison ivy or don’t know if a plant is poison ivy, use this mobile app called PlantSnap. All you do is take a picture of the plant in question and it will tell you what kind of plant it is and give you info about it. I’ve used it a lot and every single thing has been correct, even when the image is of poor quality. Seriously helpful if you ever get worried you might have seen poison ivy, oak, sumac, giant hogweed, etc..

  • Interesting.. I have always pulled multiple varieties of them with my bare hands and have never had any issues. Only the dead nettles give some unpleasant itch for 10 minutes if they touch anywhere in my arms or the back of my hands.

  • haveing never run into any of the 3 poisonious vegitations before in 40 years of traipsing about the mountains and deserts of the western states, and being ignorant and totally oblivious of it…10 years ago on private recreational property in the foothills of the wasatch mountains, I was weed wacking out a 150 yard long trail up to a camp site I had picked out,…wearing short pants, short socks, t-shirt and tennis shoes,… I spent about 5 hours cutting, chopping, digging, hacking and wacking through dense lush dark green leafy foliage and various other brushes, and what I thought to be just ordinary wild forest vegitation,…about an hour into it I was drenched in sweat and swatting away at nats, deerflys, a few skeets and occasionally brushing from my legs a spider or other a annoying creepy crawly. After another hour both my legs starting itching a bit, and I ignored it and kept on working, brushing it off as a combination of sweat dust and dirt with maybe a few insect stings or bites, all of which I had experienced many times in the past. I finally made it to my chosen camp site about 15 minuits into already darkness, and by then my legs were itching like crazy and driveing me nuts, I was scratching profusely, I hastily through up a quick camp ate a can of cold beans and attempted to get some sleep, being exhausted from my labors but sleep was impossible with the insidious itching and scratching of my legs, I realized it was much more than what I had ever experienced in insect stings and bites in the past, after a few more hours of tossing, turning and scratching, both legs felt like they were on fire from my ankles to my knees, proper inspection was difficult with the dim flash light I had at the time, but rubbing my hands over my legs it felt like thousands of little pin head bumps. Knowing I was in trouble I broke camp and quickly made my way back to my truck and back to town,..once inside the house I could see the condition of my legs and it wasn’t good, several oozing rash blotches the size of dollar bills while in between the blotches were the multitude of itching little pin head bumps…I took a 45 minuit cold shower before applying some mild soap and a little warm water, then several more minuits of cold water, then liberally applied water diluted calamine lotion, and wrapped both legs in gauze, I relieved the burning by rubbing down with ice cubes and repeating the calamine and gauze wraps daily,…but it took a couple of weeks before the itching subsided and my legs to clear up and heal…I haven’t been back there, and still don’t know what it was but assumed it had to be poison ivy,…planning a trip back next summer, to explore and see if I can’t pin point the cause.

  • Hi Gianna, thanks for shaking your observations, very insightful.
    Best wishes on your hunt to remove poison ivy from your property
    Umar Mycka

  • Yes I have poison ivy on my property too. I’m always chopping it down to the roots in the spring with a shovel and definitely gloves on. Also there’s Poison Oak and Sumac and I’ve been wondering exactly what that looks like too.
    But thank you for the confirmation on the different plants.

  • Hi Steve
    You can pick up the toxic resin from the root system
    The urushiol is present in all parts of the plant.
    Some reports state that it’s not present in the pollen or nectar

  • I am a fair-skinned woodsy, I am somewhat “aware” of poison ivy/oak..(sumac easy). I wear gloves and am constantly pulling weeds/seedlings, but I must admit with all the possible exposure the good Lord must be watching over me b/c I have rarely had a rash.

  • Hi Shane
    Thanks for bringing up a great and important subject.
    In a few words the explanation is that the different sexes of poison ivy plants have different strengths of poisonous resin
    Yes poison ivy plants are either male or female.
    And the male plants have a more allergenic resin.
    And if a person gets hammered by a stronger resin they realize that the skin reaction is stronger and say that it’s a poison oak or poison sumac rash
    As that’s the only way people know how to express in words the pain they are feeling.
    That’s the explanation I can share based on scientific research and my personal observations
    Best regards
    Umar Mycka

  • I hear people swear they cought poison oak hear in PA..
    But they base it on how severe the rash gets..
    If its mild… its ivy
    If its severe.. they swear its oak or sumac…
    I have never seen it here.. and of the thousands of park rangers(experts) its never been officially found here!!
    But you can tell some people anything!! Cause they know.

  • Leaflets 3 resemble me, head, neck, arms, torso. Cus some 3 leaves aren’t poison ivy, there’s the rub, ha. Watch horticulturist Mr Poison Ivy.☘

  • “Middle stem longer, touch it and you can’t go wronger.” “Side leafs like mitten, touch it and get bitten.” “If the leaves alternate, hand your balls to fate.”

  • very tongue in cheekily done: remember back in the day when the worst thing you had to worry about was getting into poison ivy? blessed and carefree days!

  • So what is the five leaf vine that that grows like poison ivy..?comes up all over my farm every year and cause breakouts too..even the old dead vine on trees when cutting down we like to avoid

  • Hi Eric
    Thanks for watching the video
    It’s funny you mention radioactive because a leading product to remove the poison Ivy’s toxic resin from the skin was first developed for nuclear technicians to take any radioactive active isotopes from the surface of a persons skin.
    Here in Philadelphia a bad run in with a poison ivy Plant while gardening can result in a trip to the hospitals’ emergency room and a loss of time from work or school
    So you are right, I present the subject matter with the seriousness and regency I think it deserves.
    I hate to see someone lose their hard earned vacation time because they have to stay home with a terrible painful rash.
    Keep gardening!
    Umar Mycka

  • I learned how to identify and avoid this many years ago. I’m 56 years old and when I was 9 years old me and two of my buddies in school pulled this off a tree and rubbed it all over us. Me not knowing what it was but one of the three knew what it was and that he was not allergic to it and me and my other buddy where definitely allergic paid the price. It completely covered me with a rash got into my blood system swelled my eyes shut and I’m telling you that was one summer I’ll never forget. I highly respect this plant for its ability to make you miserable and to avoid it.

  • I think poison ivy is trying to grow on a large pine tree near my home. I need to remove it. I am just che ling hear to make sure its the right plant. Thanks m8!

  • A big Thank You! To everyone who has taken the time to view our video
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  • Hi Vlad
    Thanks for injecting some scientific botany into this conversation
    Bill Gillis in his PhD thesis entitled “ The Systematics and Ecology of Poison Ivy and the Poison Oaks reprinted from Rhodora 1971
    Recognizes Toxicodendron radicans subspecies. pubens as a pubescent ( soft hair like) form of Toxicodendron radicans subspecies negundo
    T. pubens is found in Arkansas and Missouri

  • Hi Lola
    Thanks for your encouraging words.
    For relief of the poison ivy rash look for Zanfel poison ivy wash
    Follow the directions and dosage and it works real well to relieve the rash

  • Thank you so much for this video. My husband got into some poison ivy but we had no idea where. We live on a farm and with lots of bushy areas and it could have been anywhere but we didn’t know how to identify it. After watching your video we NOW KNOW what to look for and found it right away and also knew how he managed to get it on him from where it was located.! Thank you for posting a very informative video.

  • Hi Helen
    Thank you for your encouragement.The fact that what we are doing is making sense to folks is the best destination for our efforts.
    Have a great summer

  • Hi Charlie,
    I’ve been to Old Dominion and the laws of ecology apply there too,
    Each organism lives and thrives in its own niche
    Poison oak has a specific place it grows separate from poison ivy
    If words don’t have a specific meaning to describe a quality or attribute, then the term oak or ivy is worthless

  • Hi C C
    It’s crystal clear that you would prefer to see the plant a little further away then thorn length
    Thanks for the great observation, and I’ll remember your lesson, keep poison ivy at arms length!

  • Sure poison oak grows in its range, that’s a fact
    Another fact is that poison oak and poisons Ivy’s specific growing environment doesn’t overlap
    In simple terms you will not find both growing in the same yard or even the same farm
    If you do send me some pics for identification, it will be a new discovery

  • Hi Cindy,
    Thanks for your words and encouraging email
    Poison ivy leaves can turn a few different colors in the fall
    Dull yellow, bright yellow,orange, bright orange,reddish purple and bright red
    The large vines, called lianas, that grow up trees can be either female or male plants
    The male plants tend to have the bright red early fall leaf color, i conjecture that’s to attract migrating birds to stop by and ingest some poison ivy seeds from a near by growing female poison ivy plant
    Best regards
    Umar Mycka

  • Parents cleared a lot of land for their home. To keep from getting poison ivy on them, they wore gloves and wet their arms with water and soaped them. Let the soap dry and when they finished working, they just rinsed their arms.

  • I didn’t really understand your 5 components. It seems like every 3 leaf plant I see has a head, neck. 2 arms and a torso. This doesn’t look different than the three leaves, to me. It’s be nice to have a side by side comparison of poison ivy vs no poison ivy. I’m in Georgia and I can spot raspberries, but everything else with 3 leaves looks like poison ivy.

  • Hi Christine,
    Thank you for your encouragement, we hope more folks can learn to identify poison ivy more clearly and avoid the terrible rash and the pain it brings
    Best regards
    Umar Mycka

  • Hi Dark Matter
    That’s great then you are a thinking person
    Many folks in PA, NJ and DE have a hard time identifying these plants
    Why do you think folks in NC can easily recognize poison ivy?

  • A big THANK YOU for this video.  We played golf today and the course was covered in poison ivy which I was able to identify and avoid.

  • Hi Sandra
    That’s terrible!
    And very painful, do you use Zanfel poison ivy wash?
    It works really well to stop the rash in its tracks after the itching and redness begins
    Dan Boelman is the Customer Rep for Zanfel and he’s super knowledgeable about the rash and how to control it
    You could give him a call ( check Zanfel.com for the phone #)on the Zanfel hotline if you have any questions
    Best regards
    Umar Mycka

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  • If I could give this 100 thumbs up I would! I have really needed exactly this video for ages. I have never had the rash but now I am certain I do have poison ivy in my yard. Thank you so much! You don’t know what you have saved me from!!

  • I had tried everything so I told my parents and they said there gonna pick up sum cleric so I hope it works because we have been fighting this every year abt this time every year I get it it can be me walking in woods at my lake lot or it can be the wind blowing it on my skin we don’t Know we’re trying our hardest for it to get away my dad has got it before and he scratched the poison ivy blister so it pops and he sits in a bleach bath my mom said my dad was crying and he is a tuff guy so I hope this stuff works

  • Got poison Ivy rashes on my legs right now, pissing me off..but the worst ever was when I was in grade school and got poison Ivy absorbed into my face and skin via it being burned in a fire. That is THE WORST!!

  • Terrific video. I just received a dose of poison ivy from clearing a section of my garden. Watch using hot water over the affected area because it will open the pores and spread the liquid and junk from the wounds into the open pores. Best to use cold or luke-warm water.

  • Hello nurse, I thought I had the ivy but after seeing the video I don’t think so, for the last week I’ve been getting hives starting at the hands and forearms with an itch and during the day it scatters throughout the body like neck, legs, back of the knees, I’ve taken antihistamines but very little relief I started some prednisone, I’ve only taken it 1 day and I see relief if I continue it for a few more days could this solve the problem. Thanks

  • We’re in Missouri as well. Can you do another video of other poisonous plants? We have been told we live surrounded by poison sumac and I have the hardest time figuring out which is which. This is the second year we have all been subjected to something! So frustrating.

  • Thanks for the video. I can’t find “Clearlac” on any google search and the closest thing “Clearlax” is an oral treatment for constipation. Can you share a link or more info about this product?

  • I would add that if you ever mow poison ivy you should wear protective clothing and a face shield. Cover everything. If any of it gets on you, regardless of how big or small, you’re going to break out. Then be careful when you change your clothes because you can get it from that too. It is just nasty to deal with!

  • Mine went crazy and I had to take prednisone twice over 6 weeks then I had a reaction to the prednisone and it enlarged my prostate and I couldn’t go to the bathroom.

  • Wow, this is the best lesson about poison ivy I’ve ever had. Thank you so much for teaching us so well and so completely. This type of teaching is invaluable. �� ��

  • If the poison ivy is not near your garden, pour clorox (or any bleach) on the roots and spray it on the leaves. It will be dead in a day, revealing any shoots that you should also bleach. Check daily for new growth. Don’t cut it or mow it, that soreads the oils airborn. Always wait till it is dead and wear gloves to place in plastic bag, sealed with a knot and throw in trash. Label to warn sanitation employees if there is a great deal of it. If it is in your garden, use organic weed killer, pull and bag accordingly. LIke she says, NEVER EVER BURN POISON IVY and if you have handkes it, clean off ALL GARDEN TOOLS, CLOTHING, SHOES, ETC. USE very COLD WATER AND A smooth WASH CLOTH ON YOUR SKIN ONLY. THEN GENTLY USE DAWN DISH DETERGENT TO DISOLVE THE OIL. Do not use hot water. Don’t get in the bathtub or shower until you have wiped it away with cold water and a smooth washcloth! Oozing blisters after the fact will not soread the poison from person to person, that is an infection which should be addressed accordingly. Once the poison is washed off everything, it is not contagious. You can use Dawn on your pets as well (use gloves!)

  • Green/Red Poison ivy looking leaves are know as “Poison Oak”. Never! EVER! Touch that kind of poison ivy as it could leave to SERIOUS scratching and blisters.

  • Best video I have come across describing how to Identify poison ivy, I am currently in misery from the rash and having made it worse by showering with hot water spreading the oils and scratching before I knew what it was

  • I just started taking Prednisone for a bad all over bad reaction to poison ivy. Wish I would have seen your video before trying to cut out underbrush in my overgrown backyard. Your video is excellent and you are a great teacher!

  • We were cutting wood in the winter snow was on the ground. A vine wason the log when it was cut the oil was still in the stim that’s where we think I was infected.

  • Such an informative video! I have never really learned about identifying poison ivy, and this really helped me to do so! I shared it on Facebook, hoping others will learn from it, too. Thanks so much for explaining it so thoroughly. And I liked the “tests” you gave us in helping us to identify this plant. And the info about our pets picking up and “sharing” it with us is so important.

  • Cutting and mowing, especially in the spring when new leaves are emerging, is an excellent way to send urushiol (oily mixture of organic compounds with allergenic properties found in poison ivy, as well as poison oak and poison sumac) into the air. Direct contact is not necessary at that point. PS RoundUp is carcinogenic and terrible for the environment.

  • Hi Lman
    Look up Virginia creeper and see if that’s the plant with 5 leaves
    Otherwise check the weed guide from your state cooperative extention service or call the Master Gardener hot Line in your county extention office
    Good luck
    Check back if none of these suggestions pan out for you

  • Thank you! We all need a reminder, especially when we live in the country.
    Could you PLEASE recommend a good book that has real photos, in color, of all or many of the weeds that grow all around us. God bless you.

  • To get rid of the itching put a damp washcloth with HOT water (as hot as you can stand it) on it for a minute. This won’t make the poison ivy go away but it will bring serious relief from the itching till it goes away.

  • extremely well done, learned a lot. I’ve just stuck with the old ‘leaflets 3 let them be’ because I was never sure of the details in identifying poison ivy vs other stuff.

  • Thank you so much for that asymmetrical leaves tip! I’ve been trying to figure out a way to tell besides the leaves of 3 method forever, and you’re the first that I’ve seen to mention that.

  • I had poison ivy internally and externally.That was a miserable month. I was mowing the grass under an old apple tree, the wind blew what I was mowing into the air and that was it.

  • I had poison ivy internally and externally.That was a miserable month. I was mowing the grass under an old apple tree, the wind blew what I was mowing into the air and that was it.

  • This is video is so helpful and timely! THANK YOU, you helped me successfully identify poison ivy. I didn’t grow up with it and wasn’t sure what to look for until now

  • My daughter will be watching this at some point because she’s already gotten poison ivy! She just doesn’t pay attention when they’re romping through the woods. So this will be a great refresher for her:) Thanks Sarah!!

  • Excellent video! I have never forgotten the lesson I learned at summer camp when I was a kid. “Leaves of three leave it be.” I’ve never gotten into poison ivy myself but I’ve known people who have. Ouch!

  • I was clearing the back woods behind my home to make a quiet corner and was pulling this up bare handed and it freaked my son out �� I’m not allergic

  • I watched the video and now I have another clue or two, but I still don’t know how to identify poison ivy. Do you have a video that just says, very plainly and simply, how to tell?

  • you know i thought it was my imagination about poison ivy looking different, in size color and texture, seriously i was thinking its like a chameleon trying to blend into whatever area it goes to. so thanks for clarification, i can now be better prepared to eradicate this evil beast of plant. I WILL WIN.

  • Outstanding video!! I learned so much! I have Virginia Creeper on my property but it looks slightly different than yours. I will need to research more. I am highly allergic to it but my husband is not.

  • Very good video sir! Living in Chester County in Pa I’ve got quite a mess on my hands in my yard. I’m starting to remove it from the poplars that were planted after WWII. I’m looking to SRT up some of the trees for saddle hunting for deer. As you might know, the deer are everywhere out here. Too bad deer don’t eat poison ivy to help control it.

  • I’m allergic to Poison Ivey and Oak(looks like a small tree)… Have been told that Goats milk will make you immune to it if they eat it,,,, Never tried the goat’s milk.. I just learned what they looked like and stay away from it,,,

  • I enjoyed your video Sarah. I love learning about what to look for in poison ivy. You did a great job of teaching us the difference with the look alike. Much thanks.

  • hello from the Ozarks!! excellent tutorial!! I think I became immune to ivy because we drank a lot of goats milk growing up. I and my family are not bother by any poison ivy, oak or sumac. thanks for sharing Grace be with you and your family!

  • Lord I have a bunch around my house and yard fence. My question for you is can I kill it with heavy salt water spray along the base of the fence and my house?

  • Thank you so much. I had poison ivy last summer for the first time and suffered for weeks. My mom warned me but I had no idea what it looked like. I was pulling weeds from her flowers and even had gloves on. Somehow it still touched my arms. I’m itching thinking about it…….

  • Lucky me, I am not affected by poison Ivy. I seem to have a yard full of it this year. It seems to run a cycle, every 3rd year it is all over. I have to clear it, the man that mows for me seems to get a rash from just looking at it. Remember this saying: Leaves of three, let it be!

  • Identifying poison ivy, and the other noxious plants that can cause severe rashes has been a difficult thing for me. I garden, I like to go out in the woods and fields. I know many pretty flowers for a garden, fruit and vegetable plants, but too few trees, wild edibles, and noxious plants. I now have a 2 yo grandson I want to take him in the woods and fields, I have to learn these for my sake and his. Thanks. You accomplished a very very good explanation.

  • After seven years with this garden, it just popped up in my mint patch, ugh! I haven’t been sensitized to it at all, but my husband has an extreme reaction to it, so I get to pull it out. Never had to worry about identifying it until now, but glad I can!

  • So after he lambastes the EASY “leaves of three, let them be”….he goes on to rely on identifying a leaf cluster by THAT VERY SAME identification method, and then saying it “possibly is poison ivy”. I’ll stick with the old adage “leaves of three, let them be”, and just call this guy a fucktard.

  • Thanks for your video. Good slogan and visual will be helpful here in PA. It’s a vine-a-rama around here with kudzu, wild raspberry and grape and English Ivy all competing! Do poison ivy leaves&vines turn scarlet red in the fall?:^)

  • “Leaves of three, leave them be!” That was the extent of my knowledge so was good to hear and see the rest of their description. We don’t live where it grows but occasionally camp near it.

  • Whatever gloves you wear when pulling poison ivy should be washed with a strong detergent before wearing again…sometimes multiple washings! I’ve given myself poison ivy a couple of times reusing my IVY gloves for other tasks!!

  • In California, we have more poison oak where I live, but they are identified in the same way as poison ivy. Leaves of three…let it be. Both of their young leaves are red and shiny.

  • this is really great content. i feel like the best way to learn to identify new plants is by making all the observations you showed, but you went a step farther in showing so many lookalikes and describing the nature of the plant so well. i learned a lot, i could never remember how to identify poison ivy, oak and sumac, but now i feel like i would recognize one, and thats better than none!
    thank you!

  • Thank you for your excellent teaching/video. This is more comprehensive info than I’ve ever known about poison ivy. I should be able to do much better identifying and avoiding it now. Recently subscribed to your channel.

  • To have a reaction to the poison ivy, you have to be allergic to it. Half of my family doesn’t react at all, the other half almost always have had to be hospitalized with such severe reactions. I’m lucky, as is my youngest…we’re the explorers/foragers lol.

  • I cut through a poison ivy vine with a chain saw and got the sawdust on my arms, neck, legs, stomach, and hands. It too over a week to begin showing up. First a patch or two on my stomach. A week later, some on my hands. A week later some appeared on the calves of my legs, then about another week it appeared on top of my shoulders. 8 weeks into treatment with triamcinolone cream, clobetasol proprionate cream, cocoa butter, sulfur salve, vicks salve, etc. I still have some on my shoulders and stomach. I get the best relief from the itch from OTC antihistamines taken religiously, aspirin, and I also had to take Amoxicillin for secondary infection of the lesions. Almost 9 weeks of misery and I am still treating the horrible itch. I also was prescribed Prednisone tablets but found I could not take them. They made my back and kidneys ache. There is no cure and very few products out there that offer only minimal and temporary relief [lidocane lotions] This truly is the plant from Hell.

  • Thank you for sharing! So informational, learned so much. I don’t have poison ivy in my immediate area that I live in, but when I visit my relatives, there is poison ivy very where! Now I know what to look for.

  • I get the same kind of bumps and rash from Sumac as poison ivy. Also, you can get poison ivy from being down wind at a close range to poison ivy plants. Some of the “dust” or spores can travel on the wind. I was told this by a doctor when I got poison ivy so bad my parents took me to a doctor because it was getting near my eyes.

  • Thank you guys for the vid on chicken feeder and watered,It worked awesome,I had to plumb the watered with copper couldn’t get the plastic hose to seal. Also thanks for the rat trap vid,I’m going to try that too with my 110s

  • I think I’ve run through this stuff before when I lived in Missouri as a kid didn’t have a reaction as far as I know…..my dad’s immune to the Ivy plant family but he’s severely allergic to Wasps stings

  • My sister son an i got poisen sumac all over our body we had to go to the doctor 2 xs an it would come back when we would get hot,my sister in law said we can afford it,but no one should suffer like that, what does sumac look like my husband had it on him when we got it but he isnt allergic

  • SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SYMMETRICAL::::::::::::::DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD OMGGGGGGGGG <3 and also i thought it was suposed to be ''leaves of three, let them be''

  • Wish I had seen this 2 wks ago. I learned about poison ivy in girl scouts but wasn’t paying attention while clearing the yard of overgrown brush. I got so badly infected I needed steroids to clear it up. I’m more careful now

  • You’re gonna need an ocean
    of calamine lotion
    you’ll be scratching like a hound
    the minute you to start to mess around
    poison ivy, poison ivy.

    Partial lyrics to 50s song “Poison Ivy” song by the Coasters (Can see on YT)
    Written by Leiber & Stoller
    Back in the day I think it went No. 1.

  • Very informative! I can now recognize poison ivy and poison oak! Wish I would have seen this before I started pulling those vines with leaves of three off the tree in my backyard! I apparently am very allergic….

  • Great informative video…. I can deal with poison ivy,poison sumac,and poison oak,but mountain cedar is really horrible stuff in southern Texas

  • You do NOT want to come in contact with Poison Ivy/Oak, ESPECIALLY Poison Oak.��☠️☠️☠️. I did and got a rash of many solitary itching bumps all over that changed into blisters. It took me almost 2 months to recover. You have been warned. Leave it alone!!!

  • I had poison ivy internally and externally.That was a miserable month. I was mowing the grass under an old apple tree, the wind blew what I was mowing into the air and that was it.

  • Great video, short and to the point. I’m very allergic but only develop the rash several days after exposure so I’m not sure where it’s coming from. Now I know what to look for…

  • at 5:58, he says the vine with hair roots is poison, but that’s not poison ivy. the hair roots are too big. poison ivy’s hair roots are very tiny and close together. What he thought was a pi vine is likely either Virginia creeper or wisteria

  • I don’t know the half life of this stuff it’s at least 6 months. I’m recovering from an awful encounter that was refueled by camping equip. and the worst culprit a ball cap. The cap was evidently saturated in oil. Misdiagnosed as asbestos poisoning I had no idea I was re infecting myself.

  • Someone needs to talk bout how to get rid of it!!

    I pull it with pliers at the root if I can! And set it directly into the trash can!

  • One of the better videos on identifying poison ivy. The plant can have such a diverse number of shapes, colors, and growth patterns that it is hard to show what it is. It is more commonly explained as what is NOT poison ivy.

    So very good video!

    Also, very nice Mora Knife. At least it looked like a Mora.

  • So we have a tree that i always climb until yesterday so i started to itch alot and when i came in i broke entirely out then when i looked up what poison ivy looked like i realized that i was in a tree with poison ivy

  • HUGE Tip: If you are ever worried you touched poison ivy or don’t know if a plant is poison ivy, use this mobile app called PlantSnap. All you do is take a picture of the plant in question and it will tell you what kind of plant it is and give you info about it. I’ve used it a lot and every single thing has been correct, even when the image is of poor quality. Seriously helpful if you ever get worried you might have seen poison ivy, oak, sumac, giant hogweed, etc..

  • Don’t be afraid of poison ivy, just be aware of it and wash it off properly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oyoDRHpQK0&list=FLSlwiyFgtJTbY61RaKJ7oSw&index=3&t=0s

  • If your required to remove this stuff; do wear long sleeves and have splash resistant goggles. Never touch your eyes or face while working, if you must; use a napkin to wipe the area to keep your fingers (gloved hands) off your skin.

  • Hi, I have a question. I live in the south east and I see a lot of poison ivy but I also see a plane that looks exactly like it but there are 5 leaves. Is that poison ivy or a different plant?

  • Thank you for this post. I’m in the throes of a severe reaction from a vine I pulled in my yard. Trying to educate myself on what to look for.

  • Luckily I’m not supersensitive to it. If I get the oil on my hands repeatedly over a few days then watch out, it blows up. I’ve never had it on my arms even though they have touched poison ivy many times. I’ve known people who just lightly brush against it and breakout just 30 minutes later.

  • I lived in the current place for five years and always believed we don’t have poison ivy/oak in our yard. Well, wife’s arms got rash and blisters from clearing out weeds off flower bed. We initially thought they were fire ants’ bites. Today we learned that we actually have tons of poison ivy/oak in our yard. I even picked some with bare hand and fed a bunch to our bunny a few days back. I picked off another one today bare hand and fed it to the bunny. I will see if I get rash tomorrow. I did wash my hand with Dawn and wiped with a dry towel afterward.

  • I always had trouble remembering what was poison ivy. This gentleman’s close observations of the leaves and vines are much appreciated. I finally know how to identify poison ivy from other similar plants.

  • Bad stuff. Some can roll in it no problem, if I look at it I get it..hazmat suit carefully cut the roof let it die.then in a hazmat suit, pull it off and put it in a plastic bag and get rid of whatever came in contact..or wash it three times with Dawn..I don’t no how true it is but ol days I’ve heard it want grow where there’s grass. I hate it..one remedy is scrub the fire out of it with vinegar using an old toothbrush, make a paste with baking soda and water, and use it like a salve…it helps

  • Very helpful! Thank you!
    I had trouble going off of the old saying “leaves of 3 let it be” that’s just not enough information. Now I am better off. Thanks again and if you have other tips like other toxic plants to not eat and what to eat, that’d be awesome. You are easily understood and explain well.

  • Thank you so much for this video. I have had it so bad before I really try to keep out of the woods since I didn’t know exactly what to look for.

  • Virginia Creeper is DEFINITELY poisonous to people with a poison ivy sensitivity!! The more you’ve had it, the lower your tolerance is to these plants!! Trust me, I wound up in the hospital over Virginia Creeper when I tried to rip down some vines in my side lot!! “Leaves of three, let it be, and leaves of five, let it thrive”!!

  • Hi John Doe
    If you see them next to each other all the time in AK then I urge you to train the folks in your neighborhood, township and state what they look like so they can avoid the terrible rash
    That’s what I have done to the best of my ability
    I encourage you to produce a video that can get 100K views and like me teach people so they don’t have to suffer
    I’m awaiting your video please alert me when it comes up on your YouTube channel
    Good luck and best regards
    Umar Mycka
    Poison Ivy Horticulturist

  • You’re overreacting to the disadvantageousness of Poison Ivy. If someone is healthy, they won’t be that badly affected from the oil in the Poison Ivy. In any case, people shouldn’t touch it or brush against it. It is an amazing food source for birds (the berries: called drupes) and animals (deer and some other mammals eat the leaves). In my city, because the natural environment has been so degraded, the only native plants really prevalent in the natural areas are poison ivy and virginia creeper. It’s really that bad. I understand you might have to exaggerate the unfavourable qualities of P.I because of your subscriber amount and maybe you’re too worried. You know, some people can sue for the stupidest things!

  • I can walk through patches of poison ivy in shorts and flip flops and nothing. My wife looks at it and breaks out in huge rashes all over

  • I recently passed out from dehydration while fishing. I woke up lying in a bunch of poison ivy. It’s going to be horrible to be me when it kicks in. Stay hydrated folks. Lol

  • Thanks a lot for this video! I’m just now getting over a month long battle with the blisters of poison ivy on my foot and between my toes. I think it’s growing somewhere around my Elderberry bushes and, armed with your video, I’m on a mission to find it!!!

  • I’m really struggling with identifying wild sarsaparilla, Black cohosh ants poison ivy right now. They all look the same to me. Sarsaparilla has three leaves too right? I’m in the driftless area of Wisconsin in the woods so I’m readily confused with the abundance of plants that grow in the woods……ugh

  • Thanks for the video! Last week, I went to a park after they had mowed and weed whacked. I got a very serious rash from the urushiol in the air. Careful out there! Peace!

  • Red on stems or leaves of edible weeds mean they have taken in toxins or acid rain. They can make you sick. Here in up state N.Y. it’s hard to find safe plants to eat because of this. I put agricultural Lyme in the soil of my weed garden to make it sweet. 30year weed eater here. Thanks for your great videos!

  • Also I love it when you post new vids. I hope you can post more and as often as you can. I am always eager for a notification from your channel. You’ve taught me so well!

  • Another very useful video Josh. I don’t react to poison ivy but that doesn’t mean I won’t in the future, so I always keep an eye open for it. I’ve often seen it creeping along the ground among raspberries and blackberries how sneaky is that?! If I see a lot of jewel weed or plantain around in an area, I am immediately suspicious, since they always grow together. Good to know the cure is nearby, but I don’t want to have to use it.
    There are some who say that poison ivy and other plants that can cause a rash (like wild parsnip) or plants that can injure us, like hawthorn or prickly ash, are nature’s way of keeping us out of lands that are recovering from human-caused disturbance. They certainly all seem to favour old farmland or recently logged areas.

  • If you get in a tangle with poison ivy, rub the juices of jewel weed on your skin. You can rub this plant on your skin to make a protective barrier against poison ivy too.

  • I got poison ivy on my hand in May this year and it went away after a while. Then just recently I used a pair of gloves in my locker in work and i got it again in the same spot on the same hand, I have it right now still. The urushiol oil was still inside the gloves. Putting jewelweed on the rash heals it quickly, but the jewelweed hasn’t grown in up here quite yet. I love the part about animals eating the berries, I had no idea that animals ate them. In the north we call virginia creeper “Five finger ivy”. I’ve seen a video of a lady eat it before. I’ll link it below this comment.

  • No one can miss this plant or misidentify it after watching such precise description, thank you, I don’t have experience with this plant as it doesn’t grow where I live. Though, I have much experience with this plant and many others through using it in its homeopathic preparation as a remedy, it’s an excellent remedy for acute problem such as as cold and flue but only when the symptoms of the sick matches the characteristics of the remedy Rhus tox., and the homeopathic remedy of poison ivy is also effective in healing many chronic diseases as well. It’s not only interesting to look into this for anyone, it’s literally fascinating, and very pragmatic to learn a little about homeopathy to treat most acutes safely at home. Anyways. Check out the materia medica of poison ivy by W.B. Just to get a glimpse of the science of homeopathy.


  • Good information! I’ve got a clump blooming this year. I’ve grown up with the plant and seen the berries many times but never noticed the blooms before!