Poison Ivy

Asked October 7, 2019, 3:53 PM EDT

Recently while out house hunting, I found a terrific house in a wooded area but a friend that came with me warned me away because he said that the ground cover which was everywhere in the surrounding woods was nothing but poison Ivy. It has been decades since I've seen any so I couldn't argue. I took some pictures of it and on further study of the photos, I remain unconvinced. I read your previous posts on the subject about what to look for so off the top of my head, I can't say definitively if the leaves were alternately placed on the stems. Could it be I am seeing a mix? I'm hoping that in one of these pictures there is something that you can use to help identify it. My friends also indicated that beyond bulldozing the entire 3 acre woodlot and those of the neighbours, there is no safe way to get rid of it. Is he right?

St. Lawrence County New York

1 Response

Thank you for your question. I have circulated the photos among several groups, and they agree that only one is poison ivy. It is most readily identifies by the three leaf pattern, but more readily by the middle enlarged leaf, only one of which your plant has: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/identifying-poison-ivy What we cannot see from the photos is which, if any, has the telltale hairy stem. I suggest you contact your county Extension office for control recommendations: http://stlawrence.cce.cornell.edu/ Good luck!