Fall Fruit ID: Poison-ivy

Photo of Poison-ivy fall fruit cluster

Reclaimer and guardian of disturbed sunny edges, Poison-ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) channels the movement of aware humans, wordlessly whispering "Go around, I insist." At the same time, Poison-ivy provides nourishment to various birds, in the form of fall and winter fruit. I've seen Red-bellied, Downy, and Hairy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, and Yellow-rumped Warblers snacking on these small fruits. I carefully photographed these plants along the Timber Point Trail in Biddeford, ME. (To see the following photos in full-size, click here.)

2 thoughts on “Fall Fruit ID: Poison-ivy”

  1. Wow, I found my hair standing on end just looking at the photos in full size! Thank you for expanding our awareness of the gifts this plant brings.

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