Test Your Ivy and Oak Knowledge


How much do you know about poison oak and ivy…?poison oak or ivy knowledge test

Dear friends,

Have you ever been compelled to complete a quiz in a magazine you've picked up? Ladies, don't lie, we ALL, at one time or another, have taken a magazine quiz. Whether it be about your personality type, or something as compelling as "can you really wear that belt with those shoes," blah, blah, blah. Ok, so you see where I'm going here? That's right! A "How much do you know about poison ivy and poison oak" quiz! No cheating, be honest with yourself, the only person you cheat here is yourself. Let's see what you know!


1.)    A rash from poison oak or ivy on average, can last approximately:

  1. 3 days
  2. 1 week
  3. 1 month
  4. 2 weeks

2.)    True or False: The liquid from blisters caused by poison oak or ivy plants can spread the rash to other parts of your body.

3.)    Leaves of _____, let it be!

  1. 2
  2. 6
  3. 3
  4. 5

4.)    The following all share the same poison oil (resin), urushiol:

  1. Cashews, mangoes, & poison ivy (and oak) plants.
  2. Nightshade, poison ivy (or oak) plants, tansy weed.
  3. Walnuts, jewelweed, & poison ivy (and oak) plants.

5.)    Urushiol is found in ___________ of poison ivy and poison oak plants.

  1. Just the leaves
  2. Just the stems
  3. Stems & roots only
  4. All parts

6.)    True or False: After several exposures over many years, I've never had reaction to poison oak or ivy, which means I likely never will.

7.)    Poison Sumac typically grows in ___________ .

  1. The desert
  2. Swamps & peat bogs
  3. Coastal ranges
  4. Mountain ranges

(Answers: 1: 4, 2: F, 3: 3, 4: 1, 5: 4, 6: F, 7: 2)

Ok, you can all breathe a sigh of relief! Grades aren't going to be assigned for this quiz. Rather, think of this as an opportunity to gauge your knowledge and understanding of poison oak and ivy plants.  If you missed more than a couple of questions, it may be time for you to study up! Take a glimpse at our poison oak and ivy guide and refresh your understanding of the poison plants we must unwillingly share the great outdoors with!

And for good measure, never leave home without your Tecnu or Tecnu Extreme; how does that saying go, better safe than…? Yeah, you got it!

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