The adage about poison ivy, the indigenous plant no one wants, is “Leaflets of Three, Let It Be.”

Almost everyone knows how miserable a case of poison ivy can be. This may seem like a strange time of year to talk about poison ivy, but, really, it isn’t. Did you know you can still get it if the plant has no leaves? Yep. Or even if the plant is dead. Some of the worst cases of poison ivy have occurred near the end of winter, when a person gets a fairly warm day to work outside, and decides it is a great time to clean up that brush pile. Even worse, is when they decide to burn the pile.

Poison Ivy is a native vine. It produces white berries in the fall and is a valuable food source for birds. They love to eat the berries and are responsible for spreading those seeds around our gardens.

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