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Rhododendron calendulaceum

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Flame azalea
Cultivar(s):
Chatooga , Cherokee , Richard Beilski
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Needs a few hours of direct sun; slow to become established; yellow to red fall foliage; loosely branched, upright habit; drought tolerant; excellent for naturalistic landscapes; native to western NC; slow to become established

Description:
Woody, deciduous shrubs; leaves alternate, simple, smooth- or toothed-margined; flowers in a terminal cluster, tubular, 5-parted, white to deep pink or yellow to orange, red; fruit an elongated capsule.
Height:
4-8 ft.
Foliage:
Medium green foliage; yellow to red fall color
Flower:
2 in. yellow, orange, scarlet, pink, apricot, salmon, or gold flowers, in loose trusses in late spring; not fragrant
Zones:
5 to 7
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Partial shade; moist, well-drained soil; needs a few hours of direct sun
Texture:
Coarse
Form:
Upright; loosely branched
Exposure:
Partial shade; moist well drained soil
Poison Part:
All parts.
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion.
Symptoms:
Salivation, watering of eyes and nose, abdominal pain, loss of energy, depression, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, difficult breathing, progressive paralysis of arms and legs, coma.
Toxic Principle:
Andromedotoxin.
Severity:
HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!
Found in:
Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape as cultivated woody shrub; forest or natural area.
Width:
8-10 ft.
Tags:
bumble bees, native, deciduous

NCCES plant id: 531

Rhododendron calendulaceum R. calendulaceum plant in the wild
Photo by Nick Turland, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Rhododendron calendulaceum R. calendulaceum flower clusters
Photo by Nick Turland, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Rhododendron calendulaceum Orange flowers close-up
Photo by dogtooth77, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0