Poison Ivy Is Really Blooming In MA Right Now: How To Spot It

NATICK, MA – Learning how to spot a poison ivy plant is never a bad time – but it’s especially easy to identify at this time of year in Massachusetts.

When poison ivy leaves grow in spring, they take on a reddish color. This makes it easy to avoid spring among all the other green plants. Poison ivy leaves turn green in summer, making them harder to see.

A good description of the plant from the UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food and Environment:

“The middle leaflet of the three is usually larger than the two on either side, but each measures 2 to 4 inches in length. At maturity, the leaflets are dull or shiny green. New leaf shoots in the spring tend to be limp and to be limp. Reddish-green in color in autumn, the leaves turn bright orange, red and yellow. “

Poison ivy grows everywhere. Along the roadsides, at ankle height along your favorite trail, and even in the grass of your backyard. Next time you’re outdoors, look in the brush, where a wooded area meets civilization. You’ll see dozens of reddish three-leafed clusters growing from stems between 1 inch and more than a foot tall.

The plant is quite a survivor too. According to UMass, poison ivy can grow in wet or dry soil, in the shade or in direct sunlight – and there is even evidence that climate change and higher carbon dioxide levels are helping the plant to thrive.

Most people who touch the plant will develop a nasty, itchy rash. This comes from a resin called urushiol that is present on the leaves and stems of the plant. The good news is that soap and water can potentially remove urushiol from the skin shortly after exposure.

Here are some other resources on how to weed out poison ivy and prevent rashes:

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