Plant Profile

Toxicodendron radicans (Rhus radicans) : Poison Ivy,  Eastern Poison Ivy

Family: Sumac

Location: Holliday Lake State Park: Lakeshore Trail, everywhere; Bear Creek Lake State Park: everywhere

Bloom Period: June

Habitat: Everywhere

Interesting Facts:

  • Adapts well to civilization
  • NatureServe: “This plant is ridiculously abundant.”
  • Grows as a short shrub or vine reaching 50 feet in length
  • All parts of plant contain a skin irritant.
  • White flowers and berries.
  • Leaves turn bright red in fall.
  • More than 60 species of birds, including wild turkeys, bob whites, and ruffed grouses, eat the berries.