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Rhododendron 'Ramapo'

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

Hardy; good cold tolerance

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.

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.
Height:
1-3 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, entire, glaucous blue-green to gray-green leaves; new growth is blue-gray; aromatic when crushed
Flower:
Bright pinkish violet-blue flowers on a small truss in spring
Zones:
5b to 9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; prefers moist, well-drained, acidic soil enriched with organic matter
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Compact mound to globe shape
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:
2-4 ft.
Tags:
bee, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, wildlife, native bees, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1742

Rhododendron 'Ramapo' Flowers
David J. Stang, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Rhododendron 'Ramapo' Close up of flowers
Hedwig Storch, CC-BY-SA-3.0