- Common Name(s):
- Election pink, Roseshell azalea
- 'Elegans', 'Pink Lights', 'Rosey Lights', 'Marie Hoffman', 'Spicy Lights'
- Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
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. Hardy.
Wildlife Value: Nectar from the flowers attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Members of the genus Rhododendron support the following specialized bee: Andrena (Andrena) cornelli.
Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems: 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. This plant is frequently damaged by deer.
This plant was formally known as R. roseum.
- 2-8 ft.
- Alternate, simple, bright green leaves; fall color is green to bronze
- Pure pink flowers; sugary clove fragrance; 5-9 per cluster
- 4 to 8
- Sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
- Much-branched; spreading branches
- Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape as cultivated woody shrub; forest or natural area
- 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.
- 2-8 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1751