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Rhododendron kaempferi

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Kaempferi azaleas
Categories:
Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Easy to grow. 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; easier, less demanding than Kurume azaleas
Height:
4-10 ft.
Foliage:
Dark green leaves; reddish fall color
Flower:
Salmon-red, orange-red, pink to rosy scarlet and white flowers
Zones:
5 to 7
Habit:
Semi-evergreen to deciduous
Site:
Partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Upright; open
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:
5-6 ft.
Tags:
deciduous, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1746

Rhododendron kaempferi Blooming plant
Photo by Katja Schulz used under license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Rhododendron kaempferi Flower close-up
Christine Riggle, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Rhododendron kaempferi Rhododendron kaempferi
Plant Image Library, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Rhododendron kaempferi Rhododendron kaempferi
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