In summer, the green leaves of poison plants blend right in with other plants and brush, so it’s possible to sit down on a patch of poison ivy and not even notice! Teach your kids to identify poison ivy, oak, and sumac so they can steer clear of them.
• Poison Ivy: Can grow as a vine or small shrub trailing along the ground or climbing on low plants, trees, and poles. Each leaf has three glossy leaflets with smooth or toothed edges.
• Poison Oak: Grows as a low shrub in the eastern and southern United States. Fuzzy green leaves in clusters of three are lobed or deeply toothed with rounded tips.
• Poison Sumac: Grows as a tall shrub or small tree in bogs or swamps in parts of the Southeast. Each leaf has clusters of seven to 13 smooth edged leaflets.
Source: Nemours, U.S. Food and Drug Administration