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Pictures of Poison Ivy -- Leaves of Three, Let It Be

Closeup Photo of Poison Ivy Leaf

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This closeup photo of a poison ivy leaf shows its classic tripartite structure (i.e., a poison ivy leaf is comprised of three leaflets).
This picture of poison ivy provides visual verification for the rhyme, 'Leaflets three, let it be.'

This picture of poison ivy provides visual verification for the rhyme, "Leaflets three, let it be."

David Beaulieu

Poison ivy identification is often summed up with the maxim, "Leaves of three, let it be!" This poison ivy ID saying also appears in slightly different forms, including:

  • "Leaves of three, let them be!"
  • "Leaves of three, leave them be!"
  • "Leaves of three, leave it be!"
  • "Leaflets three, leave it be!"
  • "Leaflets three, leave them be!"
  • "Leaflets three, let it be!"
  • "Leaflets three, let them be!"

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