Domestication of poison ivy (was: THE prevalent tree)

klier at klier at
Mon Oct 26 17:33:59 EST 1992

claird at (Cameron Laird) writes:
> Hurry, please, someone more knowledgeable, and straighten
> us out on this one.  The story I'd always heard was that
> The English Are Different From Us, and take their gardening
> VERY seriously, and some of them are so wild for special
> effects that they're willing, and even eager, to trade
> poison ivy's admittedly distinctive fall foliage for its
> hostility to human ways.  They like the color of the leaves,
> and, to a lesser extent, its varied habits.

All I can tell you is that I didn't see PI in the living collections
at Kew, Edinburgh or (help, I'm blanking on this-- the big Welsh bot.

Kay Klier   Biology Dept  UNI

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