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Rhododendron

Rhododendron ponticum

Plant Data

Order:
Ericales
Family:
Ericaceae (Heath)
Type:
Evergreen shrub
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Purple, 5 petals
 
Large and showy pale purple bell-shaped flowers, up to 6 cm across.
Fruit:
A dry, woody seed capsule, containing numerous seeds. The fruit can persist up to 3 years.
Leaves:
An evergreen shrub. The dark green, narrow, elongated leaves are smooth, shiny, leathery and untoothed. They can reach 22cm in length. The undersides of the leaves are paler than the upper surfaces. The leaves are arranged alternately along the stems.
Maximum Size:
5 metres tall
Foraging Notes:
All parts of the plant are poisonous. Ingestion may lead to sickness, weakness, dizziness, breathing difficulties or loss of balance.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Some cultivars are highly scented.
Other Names:
Common Rhododenderon, Pontic Rhododenderon.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Gardens, heathland, moorland, waterside, woodland.