This post is kind of a public service story. With summer coming down on us and the youngsters playing hide and seek, etc. you may see some nasty rashes on arms, legs, and faces. It could be Poison Ivy. I’m highly allergic to the nasty stuff but I’ve never seen real good info or pictures about it.
We have a lot of Virginia Creeper in our yard and it’s commonly mistaken for Poison Ivy but it’s not the same thing. Poison Ivy contains a very toxic resin in every part of the plant that causes the itching and blisters. It’s called Uroshiol.
I get a gardening newsletter in my inbox from Mike McGroarty that has very useful information for gardeners. Today, he’s talking about Poison Ivy and he even put a video on his site to show us how to tell the difference between Poison Ivy and Virginia Creeper. He’s also got a home made remedy to get rid of it. I’m going to post the links so you can take a look for yourself.
One thing he points out is that you should NEVER burn Poison Ivy. Please remember that. I had a friend years ago who burned a pile of it in her back yard and it almost killed her. It got into her lungs. It’s very dangerous to inhale the smoke from burning Poison Ivy.
Another important thing to remember is that you should NEVER, EVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES eat the berries. They’re white so don’t really look like other berries except if the other berries are in early development. Our dear Dad accidentally ate some one time because the vine had gotten mixed into his grape arbor. He was pretty darned sick. So don’t do that!
Here are the links as promised to pages on Mike’s site.
There’s lots of great stuff to read on Mike’s site so take a look around.