Sweet Smell of… Poison Oak

Poison oak flowers

This time of year if you’re running in Southern California’s canyons and notice a subtle, pleasantly pungent, and slightly sweet fragrance wafting about the area, look around, poison oak is probably near.

The small, greenish, five-petaled blossoms generally hide under the “leaves of three” and are easy to miss.

From today’s run in the Simi Hills.

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