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Is This Poison Ivy?

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Submitted by:  Doug White
Date Submitted: May 11, 2003
Location: not given

Question Asked: Attached is a picture of a new plant growing under our Privet hedge. We first noticed it late last summer. Shortly after trimming the hedge my wife came down with a Poison Ivy rash. We were wondering if this could possibly be the culprit.

Answer: Doug, this is not poison ivy. Here are the characteristics of the plant that led me to this conclusion:

  • The second set of leaflets (below the top/end set) are opposite.
  • The second set of leaflets (below the top/end set) have only 2 leaflets (notice that one of the leaflets appears to be 2 combined).
  • The stem is green and fleshy in appearance

I see that there are other plants in the background. Could there be something hiding in there? Could she be sensitive to other plants?