Jim Gilbert's Nature Notes: Redemptive words for poison ivy

  • by: JIM GILBERT Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 5, 2013 - 4:09 PM

Western poison ivy grows as a knee-high shrub statewide. We are now seeing patches of it that have begun displaying beautiful yellow and red autumn foliage colors. The shiny leaves always have three leaflets, with the center leaflet featuring a longer stem. The plants grow in forest areas but also out in the open. Small, light-green flowers appear in June, and clusters of small, berrylike, pale-yellow fruits are ripe in September and hang on through the winter.

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