Tip of the week
Plants you should know and avoid
Poison ivy secretes a sticky oil that causes itchy, painful blisters, and the oil can be carried into your home by pets. Remember the old saying: “Leaves of three, let it be.” The plant’s leaflets grow off the main stem in groups of three rather than the five common to similar-looking backyard plants. Other tip-offs: the plant’s white berries and hairy vines.
Pokeweed, a common green-leafed shrub, is “toxic from head to toe” and can be recognized by its long clusters of poisonous dark berries, which hang from pink stems.
Poison hemlock has white blooms that resemble those of Queen Anne’s lace. But poison hemlock has a smooth stem dappled with purple spots, not a hairy green stem.
Giant hogweed is the worst. The invasive plant, which can grow higher than 10 feet, has huge lobed leaves and white, umbrella-like flower clusters. Its sap causes horrible blisters and burns.
Source: The Washington Post