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Rhododendron carolinianum

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Carolina rhododendron, Punctatum
Cultivar(s):
Album (white flowers)
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Crushed leaves have an aromatic fragrance; dark green leathery foliage; good for mass planting

Description:
Woody, evergreen or deciduous shrubs; compact growth; 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:
3-6 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple dark green leaves; 2 to 3 in. long; aromatic when crushed; purplish tinge in winter
Flower:
3 to 4 in. flower truss in spring; white, pale rose, rose, lilac-rose
Zones:
5 to 8
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Partial shade; moist, well-drained soil; protect from strong sun and wind
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Rounded shrub
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; moist, well drained soil
Fruit:
3 to 4 in. flower trusses in early spring; usually pale lilac rose but some are pastel pink or white
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:
3-6 ft.
Tags:
evergreen

NCCES plant id: 533

Rhododendron carolinianum Rhododendron carolinianum
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Rhododendron carolinianum detail R. carolinianum detail
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