Weed or Poison OAK ?

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Date Photo Taken: 7/11/2011
Location: Lagrange, GA
Posted By: markforish


Does any one know what this plant is ? I keep coming down with a rash.


  1. Southern Garden Coach Flower Fanatic says:

    Um…which weed are we talking about? They’re all weeds! 😉 Presuming you are referring to the oak-leafed plant in the center of the photo, that would be your stinging nettle. It is an irritant, but not quite like poison ivy (or oak) Here’s a link to more info on the nettle: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/stinging-nettle-000275.htm
    In Scouting the younger boys are taught “Leaves of three, let it be” to help them remember to stay away from poison ivy. Not that it matters, but most of what we encounter in Georgia is poison ivy. Poison Oak prefers sandy, almost coastal habitats and isn’t nearly as common as poison ivy. Poison oak can be distinguished by the oak-leaf shaped leaflet, but they both contain the irritating compound called urushiol. From the Greek, “uru” means ‘itches like’, and of course “shiol” is derived from the Biblical word for Hades or hell.;)

    July 15th, 2011 at 11:07 am
  2. Bobby Unregistered says:

    It ain’t poison oak. Looks like horsenettle.
    I’ve carefully pulled it from the base of the plant before without any problems. Apparently there are some dermatological allergies to some people associated with touching the plant. http://www.weather.com/outlook/health/allergies/common/allergens/CA-allergen-1286
    The fruits are definitely poisonious so be carful if you are showing any reaction at all to this plant.

    July 15th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

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