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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.


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.


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


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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