- Common Name(s):
- Florida azalea
- Don's Variegated , Firecracker , Lisa's Gold
- Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Loose multi-stemmed woody shrub; easy to grow; fragrant flowers; native to lower southeastern US, but not native to North Carolina; drought tolerant.
Wildlife Value: Flowers attract humingbirds. Members of the genus Rhododendron support the following specialized bee: Andrena (Andrena) cornelli.
Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Rhododendrons are susceptible to insect and disease problems. Insect problems include aphids, borers, lacebugs, leafhoppers, mealybugs, mites, nematodes, scale, thrips and whitefly. Diseases include canker, crown rot, root rot, leaf spot, rust, and powdery mildew. Full sun can scortch the leaves and the roots rot if soil does not drain well. A healthy plant in the right place with proper maintenance should have few problems. This plant is frequently damaged by deer.
- 8-10 ft.
- Alternate, simple dark green leaves; yellow to bronze-orange fall color
- Clear yellow, cream, gold-orange to almost red flowers in spring before leaves emerge, fruit an elongated capsule
- Partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
- Loose multi-stemmed shrub; upright
- Partial shade; moist, well drained soil
- Yellow to gold orange flowers in spring
- Southeast US
- Poison Part:
- All parts.
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- 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:
- HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!
- Found in:
- Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape as cultivated woody shrub; forest or natural area.
- 8-10 ft.
NCCES plant id: 529