Beauty’s in the eye of the beholder!

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Here’s an inflorescence of pretty white flowers. A second look at the woody vine that they’re part of reveals … that this is poison ivy, one to be avoided by humans if they want to escape the itchy rash that it often causes. Poison ivy, Toxicodendron radicans, is a native plant, a contributing member of the ecosystem. Many animals munch on the leaves, and birds relish the white berries. “Poison ivy has flowers?” asked  a fellow hiker.  It surely does, and they are pretty enough to admire … at a distance. Do they have a fragrance? I don’t know — you tell me!


One comment

  1. Todd Crabtree

    Also, do not be seduced by the beautiful leaves in the fall. Although they would look great in a dried arrangement the price would be too high for most of us. Appreciate them in situ.

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