After our teepee debacle a couple of weeks ago, I thought I would post some identifying photos “just in case” you find yourself cleaning up in the yard or taking a nature hike…or your kids decide to decorate their teepee with some poison ivy.

This is the front side of the tree, perfectly harmless little suckers (I’m not being vulgar – that’s what they’re called) growing all over the front:

But walk around to the back with me. Yep. Just as I suspected. Poison ivy. Can you see it? If ever in doubt, remember this little poem, “Leaves of three, leave them be.” So simple a toddler can remember it – if you ever teach them, that is.

Let’s take a closer look. Hmm…1…2…3. I’m itching already. How about you?

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26 Comments on Repeat after me: Leaves of three…

  1. rmgales
    August 20, 2008 at 1:18 am (9 years ago)

    A teepee decorated with poision ivy, too funny. I’ve never had poision ivy, but I hear it’s no fun.

  2. Tracy Berta-daughter to the King, wife, mother, speaker, writer
    August 20, 2008 at 3:16 am (9 years ago)

    Hmmmm……I will be careful with leaves of 3!!!!!!!!

    Blessings!

  3. Ryanne
    August 20, 2008 at 3:27 am (9 years ago)

    Now that probably wasn’t all that much fun. Reminds me of the movie Over Board….with Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. Great advise/ reminder of what that awful stuff looks like!

  4. Kimberly
    August 20, 2008 at 4:18 am (9 years ago)

    Unfortunately, I’ve become quite good at spotting it. Nasty, nasty, evil stuff that it is.

    Happy WW!

  5. Dorothy
    August 20, 2008 at 5:09 am (9 years ago)

    And it looks so innocuous. Kind of pretty even.

  6. Kim from Hiraeth
    August 20, 2008 at 6:07 am (9 years ago)

    Thank for an important public service announcement! : D

  7. Jenny, the Bloggess
    August 20, 2008 at 7:15 am (9 years ago)

    I’ve never even seen it before. Now I know what to look for.

  8. T with Honey
    August 20, 2008 at 8:50 am (9 years ago)

    Oh my goodness! I haven’t taught this little gem to Princess yet and we live on a wooded lot. How could I have been so remiss? Thank you!

  9. oh amanda
    August 20, 2008 at 9:03 am (9 years ago)

    YIKES. Poison Ivy! Thanks for the tutorial! 😉

  10. Shelly W
    August 20, 2008 at 9:32 am (9 years ago)

    Oh dear, I sense a story behind this post.

  11. Summer
    August 20, 2008 at 10:08 am (9 years ago)

    I’m FL and not familiar at ALL with poison ivy. Since the kids and I have been staying on the family farm in Ohio, hubby has had to give me a tutorial on poison ivy. You want to know what’s ironic? I haven’t had one problem with poison ivy but he has! Maybe it’s because I think I’m safer inside and he does actually venture out 🙂

  12. Jenileigh
    August 20, 2008 at 10:14 am (9 years ago)

    Happy WW!

  13. Bridget
    August 20, 2008 at 11:22 am (9 years ago)

    Happy WW!! I have heard that little poem before, but I don’t think I have actually seen poision ivy so thanks for the pics!

  14. CrackerJacks
    August 20, 2008 at 11:55 am (9 years ago)

    I am so allergic! A few weeks ago I did some cleaning out in the yard with THONG SANDALS! Yeah, not smart. My poor toes were not recognizable.

  15. Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom
    August 20, 2008 at 1:34 pm (9 years ago)

    Happy WW! As a kid I was immune, but now I’m starting to have to pay more attention…ugh!

  16. Angela
    August 20, 2008 at 2:48 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh my! We live out in the country, so I grew up hearing that little ditty about poison ivy. It can REALLY be annoying! My son is so allergic to it I follow him around outside…

  17. Digital Flower Pictures
    August 20, 2008 at 3:06 pm (9 years ago)

    It sometimes has several different appearances, like shiny or reddish colored. They all have three leaves though.

  18. that girl (shelly)
    August 20, 2008 at 5:18 pm (9 years ago)

    I thought it had to have the red on the leaves, so I’m glad I saw this post!

    Love,
    An Indoor Girl!!!

  19. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates
    August 20, 2008 at 6:19 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh scary! I’m glad to see pics as I have not been good about identifying it. I will have to remember it.

  20. Flea
    August 20, 2008 at 8:17 pm (9 years ago)

    Is it possible to outgrow a poison ivy allergy? My kids have never had it. I got it all the time as a kid. Twice – in high school and college – bad enough for the emergency room. High school I was outside while DOT was burning debris from the medians. Turns out I was inhaling poison ivy smoke. Did you know that it’s hard to breathe when the throat is swollen?

  21. OhLookADuck
    August 21, 2008 at 2:14 am (9 years ago)

    I’ve never seen poison ivy. We are cursed with poison oak out here instead. Tons of it. We found out there are about twenty different varieties of poison oak! Oh, joy.

  22. Natalie @ I AM (not)
    August 21, 2008 at 8:56 am (9 years ago)

    Good info. Now even I can remember it. I don’t think I’m allergic though. Yea me!

  23. Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home
    August 21, 2008 at 11:34 am (9 years ago)

    Now I know what poison ivy looks like!

  24. homebutnotalone
    August 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm (9 years ago)

    Reminds me of the episode of Little house on the praire when they go camping – classic!

  25. Kelly - PTT
    August 23, 2008 at 6:52 am (9 years ago)

    Oh boy – we could have used this post a month ago;) I know all about the itch you’re talking about!

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