Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sounds Cute / Isn’t

Maybe only second to the Lemonade Berry tree in terms of Willy Wonka-style fantasticality, the Poodle-Dog bush sounds like a wonderful thing.


It’s not, as the L.A. Times points out: “Skin contact can cause rashes, blisters, swelling and general irritation. Those who have tangled with the purple-flowered plant called poodle-dog bush say it’s like handling poison oak.”

My theory: The plant evolved its irritating properties in revenge for getting stuck with the name Poodle-dog bush.

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