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If you’ve never experienced the itchy wrath of poison ivy before, consider yourself lucky. It really is miserable and something you don’t want to deal with. But, you can always save yourself from the irritating rashes in the future. All you need to know is how to identify it from other plants, and avoid it all together.
Poison ivy grows almost anywhere and everywhere. You may come across it in the woods, in your garden, by the beach, or even just growing in your own backyard. It causes the annoying rashes because of an invisible oil known as urushiol, found on its leaves, stems, and roots.
But since that’s not something we can see with our own eyes, by the time you’ve come into contact with the plant, it will usually be too late and the oil will already have gotten on your hands. So it’s best to just be able to identify poison ivy when you see it, and to keep an eye out for it in the future. Here are some of the dreaded plant’s most unique distinctions.
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