This isn't poison ivy... is it?

diggerdee zone 6 CTJuly 26, 2012

I have this viney plant growing a lot around the garden. I don't think it's poison ivy, but I'm not...quite...sure...

Gee, looking at the photos in this post it looks more like pi than it does in the garden, lol! The newer leaves have more of a 3-pointed leaf, which gets more rounded into a single-leaf shape as it gets bigger

Can anyone ID this for sure?



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aachenelf z5 Mpls

You could pick a leaf and rub it all over your hands and see what happens. That might give you your answer......

Yes, I've been known to do stupid stuff, but that might be a bit too much.... maybe.... I would have to think about it....


    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 4:24AM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Not poison ivy

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 6:24AM
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franeli(z4 NH)

It looks like it could be bind weed. It's not pi.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 6:34AM
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It's American hog peanut AKA groundnut. A native wild vine in the pea family. It has edible seeds and edible tubers, and will bear small pink flowers similar to sweet pea or vetch.

Here is a link that might be useful: PFAF database for this plant.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 7:13AM
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My first thought on seeing the thread title'll know in less than 24 hours.

I don't think it's poison ivy, but that plant is tremendously variable in appearance so no guarantees.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 8:12AM
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Here's my poison ivy, I think you're safe.


    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 9:04AM
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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

Thanks Dennis. I think this was the stuff I once pulled off a tree peony. It wasn't anything I was familiar with. The seed pods were totally bizarre.

Dee, definitely not PI.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 9:49AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

It looks a lot like Kudzu.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 9:56AM
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diggerdee zone 6 CT

Thank you for your responses - well, except for yours, Kevin. ;)

I really didn't think it was poison ivy, especially in its young form, but as Eric points out, PI is so variable. I've got lots of trees that look just like Michelle's and I've got PI that is more rounded, PI that is more pointy, and PI that is more like the photos above - sometimes its hard for me to keep them all straight. (I've also got some other 3-leafed weed growing that I will have to post and ask about).

And while I didn't think this was PI, I was still not sure enough to touch it, lol.

I googled hog peanut and it does look similar. Disturbingly, so do some of the images of kudzu. But I don't think that is this far north... yet.... is it?

Thanks everyone. It will still get sprayed with the cider & salt solution, but at least I won't be so nervous to brush up against it!


    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 10:11AM
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Just so you know, American Hog Peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata) and Hog Peanut (Apios americana) are two separate plants that share a common name and are kind of similar in appearance.

If you just google the term "hog peanut" without the qualifier "American" you generally get links to the wrong one.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 6:08PM
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