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Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)

About Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy is a Vine. Vines are either woody or herbaceous plants that climb or sprawl.

Plant Names (Nomenclature)

Common Plant Name Poison Ivy
Scientific Plant Name Toxicodendron radicans
Other Common Names
Other Scientific Names
Common Family Name Cashew
Scientific Family Name Anacardiaceae


Native Status Kansas Native Native Species: Native to Kansas and the United States

Growth Characteristics

Growth Habit/Form Vine Vines are either woody or herbaceous plants that climb or sprawl.
Life Span Woody Woody plants have woody stems that grow more than a year.
Maximum Height 20.0 feet height in feet
Maximum Spread 5.0 feet width in feet
Flower Color White, colors of the flowers
Flowering Season July - August typical months to expect blooms
Reproduction Vegetative methods of reproduction

Growth Requirements

Sun Exposure Shade Full Sun: direct sun 8 or more hours of the day
Part Sun: direct sun 4 to 8 hours of the day; about half a day of sun
Shade: direct sun 0 to 4 hours of the day
Soil Moisture Drained to Dry Wet: Soil is soggy or marshy
Moist: Soil tends to stay moist and rarely dries out
Medium: Average soil moisture, little or now slope
Drained: Soil is well drained, never soggy; medium slope
Dry: Soil is dry, often typical of rocky soil; steep slope


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