Rhododendron Rhododendron campylogynum Myrtilloides Group

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
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Rhododendron campylogynum Myrtilloides Group, commonly known as the rhododendron, is a notable plant with distinct characteristics. This variety showcases a dense spread of small, glossy, and evergreen leaves which remain on the plant throughout the year. These leaves typically adopt a deep green hue and may have a leathery texture. The plant is widely admired for its enchanting flowers, which bloom in clusters. These flowers boast a bell-shaped form and are quite dainty in appearance. They come in a palette of colors, ranging from pink to purple, often with attractively speckled throats that add to their charm. This rhododendron typically forms a neat, mound-like shape, contributing to its decorative appeal. Its picturesque growth and vibrant blossoms make it a favorite choice for garden enthusiasts seeking to add a splash of color to their plant collections without considering the plant's size.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Rhododendron Myrtilloides.

    • Common names

      Rhododendron campylogynum Myrtilloides Group.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Rhododendrons are known to be toxic to humans due to the presence of compounds called grayanotoxins. If any part of the rhododendron is ingested, it can cause poisoning. The symptoms of rhododendron poisoning can include vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, weakness, and cardiac problems. In severe cases, ingestion can lead to a drop in blood pressure, coma, and even death.

    • To pets

      Rhododendrons are also toxic to pets, with similar compounds responsible for the toxicity as in humans. If pets consume any part of the rhododendron, they can experience symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, weakness, and abnormal heart rate. Severe poisoning can result in lethargy, seizures, and potentially lead to coma or death. If you suspect your pet has ingested rhododendron, immediate veterinary attention is crucial.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot (0.3 meters)

    • Spread

      1 foot (0.3 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Southeast Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Rhododendron campylogynum Myrtilloides Group, commonly known as the Rhododendron, is prized for its striking flowers which add aesthetic value to gardens and landscapes.
    • Habitat for Wildlife: This plant provides shelter and food for various species of insects and birds, contributing to biodiversity.
    • Erosion Control: The Rhododendron's extensive root system helps stabilize soil and prevent erosion on slopes.
    • Bee-Friendly: The flowers are a source of nectar for bees, aiding in the pollination of surrounding plants.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Rhododendron leaves can be used to create natural dyes, with the campylogynum Myrtilloides group potentially yielding unique shades.
    • The wax from the leaves can sometimes be used in traditional practices to make waterproof coatings for fabrics and materials.
    • Wood from rhododendron can be utilized in small carving projects or making handles for tools due to its density and fine grain.
    • Fallen rhododendron petals can be used as a natural mulch, providing a protective layer for soil in gardens.
    • The thick foliage can offer a camouflaged shelter for small wildlife, like birds and beneficial insects.
    • In areas where Rhododendrons are abundant, the plants can be trimmed and the branches utilized as natural fencing or garden borders.
    • During celebrations or festivals, the flowers could be strung together to create garlands or other decorative items.
    • The plant can be used in landscape photography as it provides a beautiful foreground or background element due to its lush blossoms.
    • Dried rhododendron flowers might be included in potpourri mixes for their color and texture, although they have no significant fragrance.
    • In bonsai culture, rhododendron varieties such as the campylogynum Myrtilloides group are sometimes trained and maintained as miniature trees.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Rhododendron is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Rhododendron is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Beware: Rhododendrons can be toxic to humans and animals if ingested, symbolizing a cautionary warning to the observer.
    • Elegance and Wealth: This plant is often associated with elegance and sophistication, possibly due to its lush, vibrant blooms that have been favored in aristocratic gardens.
    • Warning: Similar to the meaning of 'Beware,' rhododendrons can also signify a warning, perhaps due to the plant’s poisonous nature, indicating that one should proceed with caution.
    • Survival: Rhododendrons are hardy plants capable of surviving in challenging environments, embodying the spirit of endurance and resilience.

Every 1-2 weeks
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Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Rhododendrons, including the Rhododendron campylogynum Myrtilloides Group also known as "Myrtilloides Rhododendrons," should be watered regularly to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. During the growing season, water the plant deeply once a week with about 1-1.5 gallons of water, depending on the size of the plant and the weather conditions. In hot or windy weather, you may need to water more frequently, while in cooler, wet conditions, you can reduce the frequency. It's important not to let the soil dry out completely, as this can stress the plant. Always check the soil moisture at a depth of a few inches to gauge whether additional watering is necessary.

  • sunLight

    Myrtilloides Rhododendrons thrive in dappled shade or part shade conditions. They should be planted in a spot that is shielded from intense afternoon sun to prevent leaf burn. Morning sunlight with afternoon shade or filtered light beneath taller trees is ideal for these plants. Avoid deep shade, as too little light can result in poor flowering and leggy growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Myrtilloides Rhododendrons prefer moderate temperatures and can typically survive in minimum temperatures of about 20 degrees Fahrenheit and maximum temperatures of around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal temperature range for promoting healthy growth and flowering is between 50 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit. These plants may require protection from extreme cold or heat outside of these temperature ranges to prevent damage.

  • scissorsPruning

    Myrtilloides Rhododendrons should be pruned to remove dead or diseased wood, to shape the plant, and to encourage bushier growth. The best time for pruning is soon after the blossoms have faded, as this allows time for the new growth to mature and set buds for the next season. Lightly trim no more than a third of the plant at a time to maintain its natural form and health.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Rhododendron Campylogynum Myrtilloides Group, better known as Rhododendron, thrives best in an acidic soil mix with pH ranging from 4.5 to 6. A suitable soil recipe would include a blend of peat moss, pine bark, and perlite in equal parts to ensure good drainage and aeration. Regularly check the soil pH to maintain acidity.

  • plantRepotting

    Rhododendrons, including the Rhododendron Campylogynum Myrtilloides Group, generally require repotting every 2 to 3 years to refresh the soil medium and to accommodate root growth. It is best to repot these plants in the spring just before growth begins.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Rhododendron Campylogynum Myrtilloides Group prefers moderate to high humidity levels, around 50-60% relative humidity. Maintaining consistent humidity is vital for healthy growth, but avoid overly wet conditions which can promote disease.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light with good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Partial shade, sheltered from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Rhododendron campylogynum Myrtilloides Group, commonly known as the Rhododendron, begins its life cycle as a seed, requiring stratification to break dormancy. Upon germination, the seedling develops roots and shoots, growing progressively into a young plant, typically favoring well-drained, acidic soils with partial shade. As a juvenile, the rhododendron forms a compact shrub with evergreen leaves, maturing over several years. The mature rhododendron blooms annually, producing bell-shaped flowers in shades of purple, red, or white that are pollinated by insects, leading to the development of seed capsules. After dispersal, the seeds may begin a new generation if conditions are favorable. Over time, the plant may experience senescence, where growth slows and it eventually dies, completing its lifecycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: Rhododendron campylogynum Myrtilloides Group, commonly known as Rhododendron, is typically propagated through semi-hardwood cuttings. This method is most effectively carried out in the late summer. To propagate, a healthy, non-flowering shoot is selected and a cutting of about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) is taken. The lower leaves are removed, and the base of the cutting is treated with a rooting hormone to encourage root growth. The prepared cutting is then inserted into a pot filled with a mix of peat and perlite to provide adequate drainage and aeration. The pot is kept under high humidity and indirect light until the cutting has rooted, which usually takes a few weeks. Once rooted, the new Rhododendron plant can be transferred to a more permanent location.