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Prevent Poison Ivy

Posted: 07.22.2014

To prevent poison ivy outbreaks, learn to identify these plants and avoid contact with them.  These plants have a compound leaf made up of three leaflets.  They can grow low to the ground or as a shrub or as a climbing vine.  A unique feature of the leaflets is that the center leaflet has a stalk, but the two side leaflets do not; they are attached directly to the stem.  The side leaflets can have one smooth edge and one jagged edge that give them a sort of "mitten" shape.  Another identifying characteristic is that the vines have a fuzzy or hairy appearance.  Every part of the plant is poisonous and can cause a reaction.

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