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  • Date Photo Taken

    05 / 11 / 2015

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    Near Philadelphia

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This plant has just started popping up under my hickory tree in early May. Has a shiny reddish tint to the leaves, reminding my of poison ivy. Though it is not poison ivy? Any idea what this plant is? Is it safe to touch? Makes me itchy just looking at it.


  • parityanimal Master Identifier says:

    Harmless is relative. While it won’t harm you, it may invade and become the Virginia Creeper that ate Philadelphia, given the chance. 🙂

    May 13th, 2015 at 8:08am

  • mikede0495 Registered says:

    Thanks everyone for the replies! Great info and interesting links. I feel like I became smarter today! Great site. I’ll be sure to come back whenever I have more plant questions.

    May 12th, 2015 at 9:19pm

  • stone Master Identifier says:

    “Poison Ivy never has more than three leaflets to a group. Virginia Creeper can have 3 to 5 to 7.”

    May 12th, 2015 at 7:03pm

  • stone Master Identifier says:

    Agree with virginia creeper… Mostly safe to touch, but don’t eat… Some people may experience a mild reaction from the sap:

    May 12th, 2015 at 6:35pm

  • Jim Unregistered says:

    Doesn’t Virginia creeper have 5 leaves?

    May 12th, 2015 at 11:35am

  • Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    looks like harmless Virginia creeper vine

    May 12th, 2015 at 9:03am

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