Don’t Hug This One

Word to the wise: the thick, hairy vine running up this big Tuliptree is Poison Ivy.

3 Responses to “Don’t Hug This One”


  1. 1 nature969 April 23, 2022 at 8:26 am

    Goats like to eat the poison ivy, but they won’t touch English ivy.

    • 2 Charles McAlexander April 24, 2022 at 8:40 pm

      It is my understanding that the toxins inplants are largely created to discourage being eaten. It nseems to work for a while, then the consumer adapts tot he toxin. Personally, I hsve not only adapted to, but am addicted to
      the capsasin in chili peppers. It’s time for them to create a new chemical agent to keep me away.

  2. 3 Chuck McAlexander April 23, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    I have yet to contract poison ivy and intend to keep it that way. Being from the west, California, I had numerous encounters with poison oak. I nearly hospitalized me more than once. Some of the “cures” tried on me as a child were worse than the exposure to the toxin. I suggest you take Mr. Wills advice.


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