Some things to know about poisonous plants

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 09:25 AM.

Poison oak usually appears as a low growing shrub.  The slender, upright branches bear leaflets which resemble oak leaves.  They also grow in threes, just like poison ivy.  Usually the undersides of the leaves are lighter in color, because they’re covered with fine hairs.

Poison sumac is a coarse woody shrub, or small tree.  It never grows in a vine like fashion the way other poisonous plants do.  It frequently grows near swamps, and ranges in height from five or six feet to twenty-five feet.  The leaves are divided into seven to thirteen leaflets that grow in pairs.  At the end of each stem, is a single leaflet.  In the spring, leaves are bright orange and velvety in texture.  Later in the summer, they become dark green and glossy, with lower leaves paler green in color.

These are the most common poisonous plants.  But there are many more that you should familiarize yourself with.  Learn the poisonous plants in your neighborhood and keep small children away from them.  In the case of suspected plant poisoning, call the Florida Poison Control Center in your area.

For more information on poisonous plants contact the Gulf County Extension Service @ 639-3200 or visit our website  or www.  and see Publication  ENH 886 or Native Florida Plants.

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