The list of plants that I have see people confuse for poison ivy includes...
Another thing that confuses people about Poison Ivy is the fact that it can appear in multiple forms depending on species. Western Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii) is a can be a short groundcover less than 6 inches tall or a shrub from 1 to 4 foot tall. Eastern Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is a climbing vine. These vines can be thin in young plants or they can be 3 inches thick twining around a tree with no leaves visible for the first 20 feet. The vines of Eastern Poison Ivy are often hairy.
If there is one plant that people seem to confuse the most with Poison Ivy it is this one...
|Virginia Creeper - fall colors|
Now that you know what about plants that are not Poison Ivy, what does Poison Ivy actually look like? Here is an example of the Eastern form in the fall.
|Eastern Poison Ivy vine climbing a tree|
|A close-up showing the clusters of three leaves|
Here are some links to other posts that I have written about poison ivy since this one
- How to identify Poison Ivy.
- What does Poison Ivy look like in the Fall?
- A pair of posts featuring pictures of Poison Ivy berries: here and here.
- Learn about a plant that can help take the itch away.