Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Western Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii): Images

Date Location Notes Images
May 10, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Western Poison Ivy is a deciduous, upright shrub with brown-to-gray woody stems. The leaves alternate up the stem. Each leaf stalk (petiole) has three leaflets. You can see that the stalk of the central leaflet is much longer than the stalks of the side leaflets. This is a common feature of poison ivy. The leaf edges can be slightly lobed or smooth (entire). It seems that there is often (but not always) a slight redish tinge to some of the leaves. There will be a group of small yellowish flowers and in the Winter, ivory-colored fruit. A detail description can be found at: http://www.fs.fed.us/global/iitf/pdf/shrubs/Toxicodendron%20rydbergii.pdf.