- Common Name(s):
- Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Evergreen or deciduous shrub in the Ericaceae family. Rhododendrons and azaleas are acid loving plants meaning that the soil needs to be slightly acidic to optimize growing conditions.
Wildlife Value: Members of the genus Rhododendron support the following specialized bee: Andrena (Andrena) cornelli.
Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Rhododendrons are susceptible many insect predators and diseases. Potenial insect problems include aphids, borers, galls, lacebugs, scale, leafhoppers, mealy bugs, thrips, whiteflies and mites and disease problems include powdery mildew, blights, root rots, and leaf spots. A well-maintained healthy plant in the proper environment should have limited problems, however.
- 3-4 ft.
- Small, alternate, simple leaves; aromatic when crushed
- White to deep pink or yellow flowers with pink tinge in a terminal cluster, tubular, 5-parted, fruit an elongated capsule.
- 7 to 9
- Sun to light shade; moist, well-drained soil
- Low, semi-dwarf habit; can become sprawly; long willowy stems
- southeastern Asia
- 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.
- 3-4 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1743