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Is This Poison Ivy?

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Submitted by:  Danielle
Date Submitted: 6/30/2003
Location: not given

Question Asked: I am almost certain that I have been mis-identifying virginia creeper as poison ivy for the last couple of years! I guess that is because I am allergic to it too. Just to be certain, is this poison ivy or virginia creeper?

Answer: Hi Danielle -

As we've come to discover, its not that uncommon to be allergic to virginia creeper. From what I see of this plant, it definitely looks to be virginia creeper. The 5 leaflet leaves with the leaflets attached at the same point resembling a palm is a dead giveaway.