- Common Name(s):
- Alabama azalea
- Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Woody, evergreen or deciduous shrub in the Ericaceae family. Spreads by underground runners; native to Alabama and Georgia; drought tolerant.
Wildlife Value: Tolerates damage by rabbits. 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 includ 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.
- 5-6 ft.
- Alternate, simple, smooth or toothed margined dark green leaves
- Large floppy white flowers with yellow blotches in spring; strong lemon scent
- 7 to 8
- Sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
- southern US
- 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.
- 5-6 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1744