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Poodle Dog Bush or Eriodictyon parryi is a tall California mountain shrub with purple flowers. It is common in the Transverse Ranges, Coast Ranges south of San Luis Obispo, and in the Sierra Nevadas.
The biggest concern related to the poodle dog bush is the severe irritation that can occur, quite like poison oak. The biggest difference is that there may be a delay of symptoms. In fact, it can take several days before the reaction starts. Please always wear long gloves, pants, and sleeves when hiking to prevent accidental contamination.
Mild rashes and blistering to severe respiratory distress is the range of symptoms and effects for this poisoning. For many folks though, these symptoms are worse than poison oak reactions.