Known as the Poodle Dog Bush this pretty purple flower looks harmless. However if you touch it you will wish you had not. Touching the plant causes irritation and itching. The plant thrives in the Angeles National Forest especially those areas burned by the recent station fire. Stay away from the Poodle Dog Bush. it will ruin your day. See pictures below:
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