Azalea, Rhodora, Mountain Rosebay, Georgian Snow Rose.
Asia, Australia, Europe, N. America.
Hardiness (see References, below) - Zones 4 - 8.
Bloom May - June.
4 in - 98 ft (.10 - 30 m).
Cultivation - Rhododendrons like moist, acidic soils. Plant your plants facing either North or East, and sheltered from direct Sun or harsh Winter winds.
By seed, by layering, by cuttings.
Other - There are thousands of different species and cultivars in this genus, and the common names, above are really just the tip of the iceberg!
Rhododendrons are perfect in woodland style garden.
All highly attractive and desirable; -Azaleas, are Rhododendrons, too.
Blooms come in various shades of ivory, blue, pink, purple and red colors.
Rhododendron is a national flower of Nepal.
Though not suitable for home made remedies, - Rhododendros have some medicinal application in treating, obesity, muscle pains, and gout.
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