A common and important memory reminder is "Leaves of three. Poison be." Teach your child to recognize those leaves of three as young as you possibly can. The leaves are sharp and pointy
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Here's how the leaves of three look in the woods or your back garden
Shiny. Pretty. Notice that there are different kinds of poison ivy.
In addition to the gorgeous vivid red fall color in my first post about poison ivy. It also comes in luscious orange and fabulous yellow this fall.
And don't think just because you can't see leaves that you can't catch it anymore. "Oh fun! Monkey vines. Let's tear it loose from the tree and swing on it." No, monkey vines are different. This is how poison ivy looks after the foliage is gone. It's usually furry if that helps. Sometimes it never gets leaves again. But everyone I know stays away from it anyway.
There are other poisonous leaves of three. This is Poison Oak. Also shiny and pretty, but they look more like everyday oak leaves that aren't poison, but grow on trees. The leaves are similar to poison ivy, but rounded not pointy.
Poison oak is just as seductive with color change in the fall as poison ivey, but it can produce the same horrendous rash and blisters as poison ivy.