Beach-goers should know that poison ivy can be found along the shore. While visiting the Cape or Marthas Vineyard this summer, sunbathers should take note and not spread their towels near stray poison ivy plants. At the beach, Sachs advises that the leaves of poison ivy can look like they're unhealthy and may be yellowed, curly, and waxy. Despite its appearance, this strain of poison ivy is just as harmful as variations you would find in the woods. Since poison ivy needs sun to survive, these beach strains thrive like any other. This ivys roots are anchored into the sand and help keep the dunes together.
(Text by Chris Brook / Boston.com Correspondent / Photo courtesy of www.poison-ivy.org)