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Rhododendron periclymenoides

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Pinxter flower, Pinxterbloom azalea
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Formerly known as Rhododendron nudiflorum

Does best with a half day of sun; spreads by stolons

Description:
Woody, evergreen or deciduous shrub. Fruit an elongated capsule. This plant is frequently damaged by deer.
Height:
4-10 ft. Size varies with habitat
Foliage:
Leaves alternate, simple, smooth- or toothed-margined. Dull yellow fall foliage
Flower:
Flowers in a terminal cluster, tubular, 5-parted. Variable flower color: white, pink or yellow. Often cotton candy pink. Some are fragrant. Flowers before leaves emerge.
Zones:
4-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Moist, well drained soil but will grow in sandy soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Low, spreading, much branched
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade
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:
4-6
Tags:
deciduous

NCCES plant id: 537

Rhododendron periclymenoides Rhododendron periclymenoides
Fritz Flohr Reynolds, CC BY-SA - 4.0
Rhododendron periclymenoides Rhododendron periclymenoides
Katja Schultz, CC BY - 4.0
Rhododendron periclymenoides Rhododendron periclymenoides
Anita Gould, CC BY-NC - 4.0