Here at Tecnu®, we talk about poison oak and ivy A LOT! Poison
oak and ivy are the most common poisonous plant, and we often
forget about the "Jan Brady" of the story: poison sumac.
Now, not to make this a confessional or anything, but before I
started working for the makers of Tecnu, I had no idea what poison
Sumac was. I could not tell you if it was a tree, a vine, a flower,
or grass. To be fair, I have never had the opportunity to be around
it. We are located in Oregon, and poison Sumac is typically found
east of Texas in wet climates.
However, you are probably wondering 'what does poison sumac look
like.' Poison sumac is, in fact, a shrub, but it can grow quite
tall and resemble a tree. Poison sumac has compound leaves
with 7-13 leaflets. The number one indicator that it is in fact,
poisonous sumac is the orange or red vein from which the leaflets
grow; in addition, poison sumac also produces berries. The berries
start out small and green in the spring, changing to a white or
grey color when they have ripened.
It is important to point out that all parts of the plant are
poisonous and contain the rash-causing oil, urushiol. If you
do come into contact with poison sumac, please take all
precautionary measures to remove the oil. We recommend using Tecnu® Original
Outdoor Skin Cleanser within 8 hours of exposure to remove the
rash causing oil, urushiol.
Remember, is it a scary world out there and you never know what
poisonous plant is around the corner! :)