Rhododendron

rhododendron blooms

Common name: Rhododendron

Scientific name: Rhododendron spp., plus many cultivars

Hazard associated: All parts are poisonous if ingested.

Notes: rhododendron bushes

  • Commonly planted in gardens for its showy blooms which range from white through pinks to deep reddish hues.
  • Azaleas are closely related to rhododendrons and are also toxic if ingested.
  • While Rhododendrons have been used for making tea and in traditional medicine, there is no safety guidelines as toxicity varies across/within species and localities.
  • The compounds primarily responsible for these plants’ toxicity are called grayanotoxins. Other problematic compouns include tannins.
  • People have reportedly died from eating honey from bees feeding on rhododendron nectar.

  Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron

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