Any new itch remedies would be helpful! However, it started to grow around the electric, cable and phone lines that go into our home and I was afraid it would cause problems. The dog of course by that time had rubbed his body on my legs. I found out the hard way...covered frome head to toe & very miserable for a while. I have even sprayed it with Round Up and everything around it died, but it flourished. Do you think this type of vine can be burned? I bought this plant about 2-3 months ago through mail order (can't remember the name of the company though). The extreme exposure blisters will ooze for a day or two but improve. It climbs up you house and leaves marks on stucco where its claspers were holding on to wall. It starts out as little bumps and then spreads. It rapidly grew ... read moreup along the chicken wire. However, it will be extremely important that you practice good sanitation practices this fall and remove every vestige of leaves that fall from the vine. Within 2 hours of taking the hydroxzine the itching was ok. It gives the appearance of age "old world" to many buildings. On Jun 27, 2009, plantnation from Kalispell, MT wrote: I have always loved Virginia Creeper. Part of my shirt got caught up with the ruler and I think that some of the residue from the plant must have gotten on the edge of the ruler I scratched my back with. Visiting children? The next day, it was down my neck and chest - basically every area of exposed skin while I had been untangled it. At first i thought it must be a couple ... read morebug bites. The only thing I regret is that they fall in the winter and we're left with only the vine which doesn't provide as much of a wall as we'd like. Same deal here basically.) It's a strong vine, and pretty, and grows where a lot of other plants refuse. The old maxim as I remember it is: "Leaves of three (poison ivy), leave it be. I agree with the others, it does what it is meant to do, and does it very well! The Dr. gave me a shot and I have to go another round of steroids. On Apr 18, 2012, vossner from (Zone 8a) wrote: not a problem in my garden, but I yank it the second I see it. It grows in several other places here, and is not a problem, sometimes presenting gorgeous berries, but the birds don't let them around long. Moral of the story, some of us do know what poison looks like. It is very different from an exotic species that has no place in the American ecosystems, and also no natural controls, like kudzu, or where I live, spotted knapweed. My fiance isn't allergic to it thankfully. It usually has menthol in it too, so it will cool and soothe. Seedlings generally have 3 leaflets when very young, and are easily mistaken for poison ivy. I'll be careful from dealing with traders/vendors that offer such goods/plants. Well the plant just took off! To me it is like selling a dandelion. All days after exposure. I also planted it in a shady area and it hardly grew at all, so maybe the key to happiness with this thing is to limit its sun exposure? It covered the windows with a pretty green sea of leaves every summer, and made for a nice ambiance inside and didn't look bad from the outside either. George Engelmann was an American botanist who passed away back in 1884. over the next few days, the rash kept spreading and my left eye was so swollen, that it was almost completely shut. It is the same chemical as kidney stones, and dissolving kidney stones is near impossible, no good solvents for it. It was hot and I was wiping the sweat away constantly picking up pine cones. I'm willing to do what it takes at this point. By the time I realized we had a problem and sent for a fungiside , the spots/disease had covered 3/4 of the 3 vines. Mike. Baking soda neutralizes the acid in the vinegar. I had to obtain medical treatment. About a week ago, after cleaning up in a flower garden area that we planted, pulled some more of it out. On Oct 7, 2007, msbehavoyeur from Stockton, CA wrote: Extremely invasive. I have found myself to be quite allergic to this. On Aug 27, 2006, pirl from (Arlene) Southold, NY (Zone 7a) wrote: Terribly invasive. Its foliage is visible from far away, and it produces berries that feed birds. As for allergies, I don't seem to have any problem with it, my allergy is to plane trees which line the stree... read morets here, and give off a lot of fluffy things for several months of the year. Basically it is excellent in native range (Eastern North America) for its fall color, ease, and wildlife value but inadvisable outside of it because it is an aggressive spreader. While I realize that he is obviously one of those people who is very sensitive to Virginia creeper sap, this could happen to anyone who gets it, especially if you work in a job like construction, mechanics or landscaping where the nails and skin can't be kept completely grime-free all the time. Please don't buy or grow this toxic weed. 'Feed' it to the thirsty; roots, stems, leaves. I decided to research on line and found this web site forum. I had been walking in the area of the Virginia Creeper, but had been cognizant of it and had myself covered up, gloves and all. On Jun 30, 2008, Sansevieria from Orangeburg, NY (Zone 6a) wrote: Virginia Creeper (lives in zones 2b-3 thru 9) is a North American native for walls, fences, etc that need cover-up. It is a pretty ground cover, but it can also be highly invasive and very painful for people who are allergic to it. After my attempt treatments from my vast years of being an allergic person, I realized nothing I did helped and was worse by the next day. Then, after what the plant would consider a hacking vicious attack upon it, people get the rash and try all kinds of home remedies, some equally vicious on their skin. It takes a crew a full day to do it. On Feb 19, 2006, c_etude from Winter Haven, FL wrote: I live in central Florida, and I honestly cannot consider this "invasive". yard. But it was too late. I was pulling some out with my bare hands for a while (with no reaction.) I've just begun to recognize its seedlings and I pull them up as soon as they appear to avoid having the vines spread and take root, as they easily do. Not everyone is allergic to poison ivy, either, but everyone knows what it can do. I'm so glad to finally be able to identify it, thanks to your site! I guess, one man's weeds and dozen's treasures? It looked like a second degree burn; very red and itchy with blisters that would burst and leak down my leg. The berries of the Virginia Creeper are eaten by many wild animals such as mice, skunks, chipmunks, squirrels, turtles etc. Does this vine produce a toxicity that makes it incompatible with certain vegetables? I also transplanted it into a narrow rock planter we made at the base of a limestone garage wall. to check out your local Native Plant agency or other gardener source to seek alternative plants with similar features before you pluck down a potential enemy! Patting the rash with Milk of Magnesia relieved the itching for a short time. Zone 3 Southern Manitoba. Both arms, my neck, some of my stomache and my face are all bright red, itchy, burning, and have bumps. Either way, without those thick vines, there's enough definate virginia creeper around. On Apr 23, 2005, Breezymeadow from Culpeper, VA (Zone 7a) wrote: Except for some attractive variegated types that are now available, I always laugh whenever I see this for sale at nurseries here in Virginia, as it - like Bittersweet & Trumpet vines - grows in the wild everywhere here. There is no sense in becoming hysterical about its place in Nature. but this one's bad too. It's crimson and shiny foliage is quite attractive. Most especially wild vs. cultivated. I'm not saying any of you should have it in your garden, but there are plenty of places where it does belong. I don't see any obvious insects though. On Jun 9, 2006, eurokitty from Seattle, WA (Zone 9b) wrote: As has happened to others, this also came into the yard of our second home at our second home in Florida from a neighbor's place. I do not get Poison ivy but my rash from this plant is EXACTLY like my frie... read morends who DO GET POISON IVY. On Oct 9, 2007, Perenniallady from Otterville, ON (Zone 5b) wrote: I have had a experience with it's partner poison ivy.I planted it and boston ivy all around the yard first i made about 30 cuttings some was boston ivy but some poisonivy.I scratched my better half's back.oops We both had it for amonth.We got shots and pills.Then we found that jewel weed was a cure.It works.It sure was awful.I learned a good lesson.I worked at a nursery for 23 and should of known better .I did't know what it looked like til lately. Not wanting to kill the bush I think I'll try the vinegar recommended here. This native species is not a problem in the area. Keep an eye open for young plants so that they can be removed more easily. I snoozed my way thru the rest of the summer living on Benedryl e... read morevery 4 hours just to try to control the intense itch, everyone was horrified by my rash, even the Dr's!!! Calcium oxalate is not soluble in bleach. Further, hydrocortisone is a two edged sword, since it also stimulates the further breakdown of skin and mucosal parts, which you don't want (for example, ulcer patients avoid the drug)! I thought, gee, that sounds like me! On Jul 8, 2008, yippee1999 from (Zone 6b) wrote: Hi all! I do know that it grows in a lot of places in central and eastern Arkansas and in North and Northwest Mississippi. I also have a plant that looks much like Virginia Creeper called Engelman Ivy. It is extremely invasive. However, berries are safe for fruit birds, including warblers, woodpeckers, finches, mockingbirds and chickadees, among others." I would advise anyone coming into contact with this vine for the first time to limit exposure until you know whether or not you are sensitive to it. Traditional uses and benefits of Virginia creeper Native Americans used the plant as an herbal remedy for diarrhea, difficult urination, swelling, and lockjaw. the swelling's gone away, and the blisters are no longer oozing but the itching is intense. Or eradicate all the plants in his back yard by using a couple of gallons of round up. On Aug 20, 2008, evr from Toronto, ON (Zone 5b) wrote: I don't know about you guys, but I use this plant for bonsai. Pull out the root. I break out in burning itching hives, unlike the rash I get from Poison Ivy. On Jul 13, 2014, gardengirlinmd from Hagerstown, MD wrote: I have lived in the east for 15 years and have been weeding the seedlings of this highly invasive and prevalent weed by hand almost everyday of the growing season. We worked out an agreement that I would keep the big of it ripped out and it wouldn't spread farther. It also affects the boâ¦ I also love the fall color. 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