Don’t get irritated outdoors

Spending time outside?

Yeah! You may want to learn the old saying, “leaves of 3 let it be.” Poison ivy is a plant that can leave you with an itchy rash, 2-3 days after coming in contact with it. Identification is key to avoiding. Growing as a vine or a small bush, look for 3 leaf clusters, side leaves may have “thumbs” and a reddish point where they connect. Think you may have touched it? Wash the area with warm water and dish soap including, shoes, tools, pets… you can spread it if the oil persist.  This video will help hone your spotting skills

or go to for more information on this native plant.

Don’t forget you can always ask questions of our trained naturalists

  • Write or email a Discovery Center Naturalist with your question about the natural world.
  • Make sure to include your name, mailing address or email address.
  • Email to:
  • Mail your letter to: Steve Jacobsen, Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
  • 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110

poison ivy

Poison ivy climbing on tree.