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Be Careful What You Touch

May 10, 2012

I did Spring Cleaning on my hosta garden this afternoon. I pulled weeds, raked and picked out gum balls, twigs and sticks.

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This spot used to be an overgrown junk pile. So when I pull weeds I’m always on the lookout for this cute little plant.

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Some of you may be unfamiliar with Toxicodendron radicans, but others of us know it as poison ivy.

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I’m not touching it, just putting my finger in the picture for a size reference. These were small!

When you’re gardening in a rural setting, as I am, it is important to keep an eye out for this and other hazardous plants. I always wear gloves as a precaution, but even with them on, I try not to grab hold of this tricky plant. Even with gloves, the urushiol oil can get transferred to uncovered skin. In my experience, poison ivy sometimes will cause a reaction and sometimes not. I’ve been fortunate to have had only one contact reaction with it.

Be safe. Happy gardening…

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