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Plants of the San Marcos Foothills Preserve

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Rhus integrifolia (Lemonade Berry)

Common native perennial shrub found throughout much of the Preserve. Flowers are pinkish white. Blooms in spring. Seeds become covered with sticky coating that is high in citric acid, and is very tart to the taste. People who are particularly sensitive to the sumac family (poison oak, mango etc.) should avoid contact with the sap, and perhaps the seed coating.

Rhus integrifolia (Lemonade Berry); NATIVE. Pictured in spring.


Rhus integrifolia (Lemonade Berry). NATIVE. Pictured in autumn.


Rhus integrifolia (Lemonade Berry). NATIVE. Pictured in spring.


Rhus integrifolia (Lemonade Berry). NATIVE. Pictured in spring.


Rhus integrifolia (Lemonade Berry). NATIVE. Pictured in summer.