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Rhododendron minus

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

Small, glossy, leathery leaves; crushed leaves are not fragrant; leaf spot disease if grown in deep shade or suffers drought stress; leaf spot disease develops if grown in deep shade or suffers drought stress

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:
Small, glossy, leathery leaves; crushed leaves are not fragrant; leaf spot disease if grown in deep shade or suffers drought stress
Flower:
Small magenta-pink (rose-pink) flower in large trusses; greenish spots; produced after new leaves develop
Zones:
5 to 8
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Bright shade; moist, well-drained soil
Exposure:
Bright shade; moist, well drained soil
Fruit:
Small magenta pink flower trusses produced after new leaves develop
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: 536

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