You want to know what’s worse than finding ragweed in your yard? Finding poison ivy in your yard. One of my boys got a horrible case of poison ivy last year in our back yard and I realized that I had no idea what the plant actually looked like. I’d heard lots of descriptions before – leaves of three, let it be, shiny leaves with a reddish tinge, that sort of thing – but I had no picture in my head to compare real plants to. It made me nervous about doing yardwork. Most of our yard is fairly average, but the back half of our back yard could politely be described as “untouched wilderness.” We try to reclaim a little more of it every year, so our neighbors won’t attack us in a fit of lawn-rage. As I was fretting about how to avoid future rashes, I had a crazy idea. I suddenly remembered that we had this thing called “the Internet” in our house, and if I asked it politely it would tell me what rash causing plants looked like. Eureka!
So, for those of you who have always wondered what exactly poisons ivy, oak and sumac look like, here’s what I learned:
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