Known as:  Calfkill, California Rhodedendron, California Rosebay, Lambkill, Pacific Rhodedendron, Rhodedendron
Latin Name:  Rhododendron macrophyllum (Ericaceae)
Description: Perennial shrubs with tough, glossy, smooth-margined evergreen leaves.  Large showy flowers in terminal clusters with 5 white, pink or red petals.  Occasionally yellow or orange petals.
Poisonous Parts:  All parts, especially leaves.  Moderate toxicity.  Contains grayanotoxins (glycosides) that affect gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems.  Gastrointestinal signs appear within 6 hours.
Symptoms: Causes vomiting, abdominal pain, cramps, and diarrhea. Stomach irritation, abdominal pain, abnormal heart rate and rhythm, convulsions, coma, death.
Treatment: Unless your cat is unconscious or having convulsions, induce vomiting and follow procedures to delay absorption and speed elimination.  Get prompt veterinary assistance.

Image courtesy of Brousseau California Flora Photos.