- Common Name(s):
- Pinxter flower, Pinxterbloom azalea
- Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Woody evergreen to deciduous shrub in the Ericaceae family. Does best with a half day of sun; spreads by stolons. It has a slow growth rate.
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..
Formerly known as Rhododendron nudiflorum.
- 4-10 ft. Size varies with habitat
- Leaves alternate, simple, smooth- or toothed-margined. Dull yellow fall foliage
- Showy flowers in a terminal cluster, tubular, 5-parted. Variable flower color: white, pink or yellow. Often cotton candy pink. Some are fragrant. Flowers appear before leaves emerge. Fruit an elongated capsule.
- Moist, well drained soil but will grow in sandy soil
- Low, spreading, much branched
- Sun to partial shade
- 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.
- 4-5 ft.
NCCES plant id: 537