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Rhododendron atlanticum

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Coastal azalea, Dwarf azalea
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Spreads by underground stolons; medium green to powdery blue green leavesSpreads by underground stolons; native to coastal areas of eastern US. This plant is frequently damaged by deer.

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:
3-6 ft.
Foliage:
Medium green to powdery blue-green leaves; hairy midrib
Flower:
Pinkish white fragrant flowers in mid-April; corolla has sticky glands; repeat blooms
Zones:
5 to 9a
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; uniformly moist; well-drained soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Twiggy
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; uniformly moist, well drained soil
Fruit:
Pinkish white fragrant flowers in mid April; repeat blooms
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:
deciduous

NCCES plant id: 528

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