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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Poison Ivy - Brennesle

Why does poision Ivy (I believe this is the same as the Norwegian "Brennesle") grow places where people have urinated alot?
Fine - it grows near outhouses so it could come from the nitrous soil of manure - but it also grows in urination areas
(for you forreign readers out there, in Norway; many cabins have outhouses and also particular urination areas where the guys get to go when they need to go.
Well in these areas there grow alot of brennesle/poison ivy

So why is this?
Any of you out there know why this is?

Added: I looked up in the dictionary and it turns out the correct translation is "stinging nettle" - does anyone know the difference between stinging nettle and poison ivy?


  • At 1:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

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  • At 1:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Stinging nettle must be touched and the nettle's rash and duration are much weaker than poison ivy. Sap from the poison ivy blows or is expelled from the growing plant in the spring. Goats love and can eat poison ivy, where nettle has herbal nutrients (when handled correctly) and can be used for humans. If you immediate wash the poison ivy from the skin with a good soap, you can wash it away before it does any harm because it does not prick your skin. Next of out for poison oak that grows in abundance on trees. Recovering from this is a nightmare and usually affects the face for some time. Some people are not affected by either poison oak nor ivy. I used to play it everyday as a kid while growing up the Arkansas mountains and never once broke out.


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