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Rhododendron maximum

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Max, Rosebay rhododendron, White laurel
Cultivar(s):
Summer Glow , Red River , Summer Solace , Album , Purpureum , var. album, var. purpureum, var. roseum
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

4-8 in. dark green, leathery leaves; good hedge plant; flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies; native to portions of east coast with cool, moist soil

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:
4-15 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple dark green leaves; 4 to 8 in. long
Flower:
5 in. rose, purplish pink to white flowers in early summer; olive green to orange spots
Zones:
3 to 7
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Partial shade; cool, moist, well-drained soil
Form:
Loose, open shrub
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; moist, well drained soil
Fruit:
5 in. white flecked, blush pink with green flower trusses in summer
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.
Tags:
evergreen

NCCES plant id: 535

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