This spring I had posted some fun plants I had found in my wooded area, mentioning I would not go into the little ravine to retrieve them because of the poison ivy. It was suggested I do a posting about poison ivy, Toxicodendron radicans.
Leaves of three, let it be....
We have a good deal of poison ivy in our woods. The little saying above makes it clear...three leaves. The leaves are irregularly toothed. The leaves can be very small or very large. Next to the poison ivy is Virginia Creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, a five leafed vine. When Virginia Creeper is small, sometimes only three leaves are present....easy to confuse the two.
Notice how little the toothed ridges are on the one below.
Check out these lips..... they look like they are collagen filled movie star lips, until you see all the water blisters.
This is as wide as she could smile........
Food that destroyed my face--- where the blogger said she had eaten a mango. What??!!? Yes, darling daughter had eaten a couple mangoes in the last few days-- the last one she ate over the sink, eating it out of the peel. BINGO! Then we found this website--Food for Thought more information about mangoes. Who knew? And yes, she is severely allergic to poison ivy.
Well, a trip to the urgent care clinic to get some prednisone and more antihistamines made for a great start to her visit to South Carolina!
So, as you go out into the garden be on the lookout for poison ivy. And when you are in the market, keep your eyes open for those scary mangoes!
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