Common name: Rhododendron
Scientific name: Rhododendron spp., plus many cultivars
Hazard associated: All parts are poisonous if ingested.
- 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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