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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:

Woody evergreen or deciduous shrub in the Ericaceae family.  

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.  Leaf spot disease can develop if grown in deep shade or suffers drought stress. Other diseases include canker, crown rot, root rot, 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. 

Height:
3-6 ft.
Foliage:
Small, glossy, leathery leaves; crushed leaves are not fragrant.
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:
deciduous, bees, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, wildlife, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 536

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