- Common Name(s):
- Oconee azalea
- Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Woody, evergreen or deciduous shrub in the Ericaceae family. Good heat tolerance; native to mid-southeastern US.
Wildlife Value: 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.
- 6-8 ft.
- Alternate, simple leaves
- 1.2 to 1.8 in. scarlet, yellow, pink, salmon, bright red tubular flowers in spring; has an orange blotch; not fragrant; no glands
- Partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
- Partial shade
- Elongated capsule
- southeastern U.S.
- 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.
- 6-8 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1745