poison ivy

How To Get Poison Ivy

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in poison ivy, Unmowed Blog | 1 comment

How To Get Poison Ivy

Just how does this harmless-looking green leaf work its devastation on the human race?

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Poison Ivy: Even in Central Park

Posted by on Jul 17, 2016 in poison ivy, summer, Unmowed Blog, wildlife | 0 comments

Poison Ivy: Even in Central Park

Poison ivy. An amazingly versatile plant, it does indeed grow just about everywhere. Beaches. Forests. Bayous. Even in Manhattan’s Central Park.

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What Does Poison Ivy Look Like, Anyway?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in poison ivy, spring, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

What Does Poison Ivy Look Like, Anyway?

Poison ivy is like a chameleon, not only changing color but shifting shape. Tough to identify, it varies dramatically with each season and in each habitat.

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In Praise of Poison Ivy

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in poison ivy, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

In Praise of Poison Ivy

In Praise of Poison Ivy explores the vices and virtues of a plant with a dramatic history–and a rosy future. Once planted in gardens from Versailles to Monticello, poison ivy now has a crucial role in the American landscape.

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Poison Ivy: Hairy Vine

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in adaptations, plant parts, poison ivy, spring, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Poison Ivy: Hairy Vine

There are almost as many ways to climb trees as there are species of vines. Grapevines have curly tendrils that grab branches, while Virginia creepers use little suction-cups. Asian bittersweet corkscrews its way round and round the tree trunk. But poison ivy’s method of ascent is unique. Poison ivy gets to the top by growing thread-like rootlets all along the length of its stems. At first the rootlets appear as little patches that look like tufts of fuzzy hair. The furry roots secrete a glue-like substance which virtually cements the vine to tree or wall. As the main stem ages, more and...

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Can You Eat Poison Ivy?

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in edible, leaves, poison ivy, Unmowed Blog | 8 comments

Can You Eat Poison Ivy?

In my poison ivy research I keep running into the old belief that eating a leaf of poison ivy every day in the spring will make you immune to the itch.

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