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What Poison Ivy Plants Look Like

I didn’t know until I was an adult exactly what poison ivy looked like.  I knew it had three leaves but that was about it.  There were many times I walked right through it and got a rash simply because I didn’t know what to look for and couldn’t identify what poison ivy plants looked like.

So here are some pictures of poison ivy ranging from poison ivy growing on the ground to poison ivy growing on vines on trees.  Hopefully this will help you to identify poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac and differentiate them when you see them in real life.

poison ivy identification
Use the chart above to know the difference in poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac.  Although they both have three leaves, the poison oak leaves aren’t nearly as pointed as the poison ivy leaves.  The poison sumac grows out differently with many leaves.

poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac
Here they are again, in the picture above, showing you real life plants as opposed to illustrations.  Be on the lookout for each of these because although they are different all three of them can really make you itch and develop a skin rash.  If you turn out to be allergic to the poison your skin rash could be severe.

Contrarly to popular belief, poison ivy is not contagious and cannot be transferred from one person to another.  However, if poison ivy juices get on clothing and that clothing comes in contact with someone’s skin they definitely can develop an irritating skin rash.  People have been known to get poison ivy skin rashes from clothing as much as a year after the clothing came into contact with the poison ivy.  So the next time you come in from the woods, don’t just shower; make sure to wash your clothes right away as well to get rid of any poison ivy juices they may have come in contact with.  Also be aware that you can get it on your hands when you tie your shoes as well, since it’s likely your shoes would have gone through the poison ivy plants as well.

posion ivy plants
Here’s a picture of poison ivy plants growing along the ground.  Notice their three leaf design with pointy tops.

poison oak leafs
Here’s a picture of poison oak leafs.  They have a more rounded top leaf than poison ivy plants.

posion ivy vine
Here is a photo of a poison ivy vine wrapping around a tree.

poison ivy on tree
Here’s another picture of poison ivy plants growing on a tree.

Hopefully you can reference the images above and avoid contact with these types of vines and leafs when you encounter them in the woods.  For my next post, I will be posting pictures of poison ivy skin rashes, so you can see what poison ivy skin irritations look like.  It’s sometimes easy to confuse them with other skin rashes so hopefully I can help clarify for you with good information.  This is a good site for more poison ivy information.