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Rhododendron canescens

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Piedmont azalea, Hoary azalea, Pinxter flower
Cultivar(s):
Varnado, Varnado Pink
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Some times stoloniferous; multitrunked; flowers attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies; rusty red fall foliage; drought tolerant; stoloniferous; native to southeastern US

Description:
Woody, evergreen or deciduous shrubs; leaves alternate, simple, smooth- or toothed-margined; flowers in a terminal cluster, tubular, 5-parted, white to deep pink or yellow; fruit an elongated capsule.
Height:
6-15 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple dark green leaves; rusty red fall foliage
Flower:
Rose-pink to white flower clusters in early spring; delicate sweet fragrance
Zones:
5 to 9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; moist to damp soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Multi-trunked
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; moist to damp soil
Fruit:
Rose pink to white flowers clusters in early spring; delicate sweet fragrance
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:
6-10 ft.

NCCES plant id: 532

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