We’re all familiar with the saying, “Leaves of three, let it be.” But the reality is that there are many plants with sets of three leaves that we don’t have to be afraid of. As the poison ivy breaks dormancy on Poison Ivy Acres, I took a photo of this native plant along with two others that are often confused with the unwanted and itchy.
In this one small roadside area is poison ivy and two others with leaves of three.
This IS poison ivy, which can grow as a ground cover, a vine, or a low growing underbrush shrub. In the early spring the new growth often has a reddish tinge, and the leaves are shiny.
Dewberry, a low, native Rubus, also has leaves of three but they are more highly jagged on the edges and aren’t as shiny.