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    Poison Oak

    Anybody know anything about identifying poison oak? We have a few plants in our backyard that look like saplings. My wife recently developed a rash, and she swears those things are poison oak. I'm not sure what poison oak looks like and I can't find a good picture of it, but I did see something saying poison oak is common on the west coast, but pretty rare in Iowa.



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    Re: Poison Oak

    There isn't poison oak in iowa, poison ivy maybe. Leaflets of three... let them be.


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    Re: Poison Oak

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan964 View Post
    There isn't poison oak in iowa, poison ivy maybe. Leaflets of three... let them be.
    My Dad taught me "Leaves of three let it be, leaves of four wipe some more"



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    Re: Poison Oak





    One thing about the leaves of three statement, poison ivy does usally have leaves of three, but it can be any odd number grouping of leaves, 3, 5, etc. The other thing, there are many other plants that have odd number grouping of leaves so just because it has three leaves does not make it poison ivy.


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    Re: Poison Oak

    Exactly, however most plants that have groupings of odd leaflets are oppositely arranged, meaning the leaflets match up on either side of the stem. Poison Ivy is alternately arranged meaning the leaflets alternate up the stem. Boxelder saplings are often confused with poison ivy, but can be easily differentiated by the alternate/opposite comparison.


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    Re: Poison Oak

    Just round-up the plants, better safe than sorry. I didn't know what it was when my brother bought a house in Kansas, I was wrapping the vines around my forearm and pulling it out of the ground 3 days later had blisters all over my arms, really, really sucked on vacation in the Ozarks. My brother had it on his hands!!! Not good stuff, especially in your yard!



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    Re: Poison Oak

    I got it on my face one year and was at it's worse for the Forth of July. Every time I've got it since, it's affected me less and less, I think I might be building a immunity



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    Re: Poison Oak

    Quote Originally Posted by jaretac View Post
    I got it on my face one year and was at it's worse for the Forth of July. Every time I've got it since, it's affected me less and less, I think I might be building a immunity
    I'm immune.


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    Re: Poison Oak

    I got poison ivy all over my left leg one year, it was terrible. My whole left side of my left calf was covered, it turned really red and got super itchy, then like crusted over and was kind of blackish. Never wanna relive that again


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    Re: Poison Oak

    When I was like 11 or 12 I got it really bad and it was everywhere. I have had it since but it has not been that bad at all.



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