Ficus pumila or Creeping Fig

BocaGardenerFebruary 29, 2012

Two summers ago I was cleaning up around a palm tree base and acquired a pretty good skin irritation. I could not determine, at the time, what may have caused it. I wrote it off to an unlucky and unnoticed brush with poison ivy. I may have noticed the Ficus but since it was not Poison Ivy, I dismissed it.

This year, however, with the very light winter this same palm has become over taken with the vine.

I have read at several different websites that this plant can destroy the palm by overtaking it. I have also read, sketchy at best, that this vine can cause skin irritation.

I want to remove the lot and try and kill the vine, but this leads to the following questions:

Has anyone else acquired a skin irritation when handling this plant? If so, what would be my best plan of attack when removing it?

I would like any and all opinions on the following article in regards to the removal process.

http://www.wildflower.org/expert/show.php?id=6175

Thanks for the time.

Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Planting Poinsetta plant in ground - Ft. Lauderdale
I have a Poinsetta I purchased in December that still...
Shelly K.
Speaking of Coffee
I was watching an episode of Gardening Australia the...
Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady Lake, F
Lonicera "Mandarin"
I'm interested in the observations of anyone who has...
juneroses Z9a Cntrl Fl
What's a Native?
I've been watching Gardening Australia lately and it...
Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady Lake, F
What happened to Old Garden Web?
WoW! I took a little time off, and come back totally...
cenflagirl
Sponsored Products
Fiddle Leaf Faux Fig Plant
FRONTGATE
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™