Rhododendron 'Hotspur Red' Rhododendron (Hotspur Group) 'Hotspur Red' (K)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
rhododendron 'Hotspur Red'


'Hotspur Red' is a deciduous azalea of open habit, with mid-green foliage and clusters of funnel-shaped, deep orange-red flowers with an orange flare in the throat, opening in late spring

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Hotspur Red Rhododendron, Red Rhododendron, Hotspur Red Azalea.

    • Common names

      Rhododendron 'Hotspur Red'

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4-5 feet (1.2-1.5 meters)

    • Spread

      4-5 feet (1.2-1.5 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal - Rhododendron 'Hotspur Red' has vibrant red flowers that enhance the beauty of gardens and landscapes.
    • Habitat Support - Provides food and shelter for pollinators like bees and butterflies, contributing to biodiversity.
    • Seasonal Interest - Offers a striking display of spring blooms that can be a focal point during that season.
    • Durability - Once established, rhododendrons are relatively hardy and can tolerate a range of climatic conditions.
    • Shade Tolerance - This species can grow well in partial shade, providing options for planting under trees or in shadowed areas of the garden.
    • Erosion Control - The extensive root system helps stabilize soil on slopes and prevent erosion.
    • Privacy Screen - When planted in groups or a row, it can act as a natural and attractive screen for privacy.
    • Low Maintenance - Requires minimal pruning and can thrive with basic care, making it suitable for both novice and experienced gardeners.
    • Versatility - Fits well into various garden styles, including woodland gardens, borders, and formal plantings.
    • Wildlife Friendly - It may serve as a food source for certain bird species that feed on the nectar.

  • 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 make a natural dye, producing colors ranging from yellow to brown, depending on the mordant used.
    • The wood of the Rhododendron is sometimes utilized in the construction of small artifacts or inlay work due to its hardness and fine grain.
    • In landscaping, Rhododendron branches may be shaped and trained into decorative forms, a practice known as topiary.
    • Certain Rhododendron species can be used as rootstock for grafting more delicate varieties, improving their hardiness and disease resistance.
    • Rhododendron is a popular subject in traditional Japanese ikebana, representing strength and endurance in the art of floral arrangement.
    • The flowers, when dried and crushed, are sometimes incorporated into potpourris for their color and relatively long-lasting fragrance.
    • The thick foliage of Rhododendron can provide shelter and nesting opportunities for small birds and other wildlife in a garden setting.
    • Fallen Rhododendron petals can be scattered around the base of acid-loving plants as a form of natural mulch, slowly releasing nutrients as they decompose.
    • The tannins in Rhododendron leaves can be used in the tanning industry to process leather, although this use is quite rare.
    • In some cultures, Rhododendron leaves are used to smoke various types of meat and fish, contributing a distinct flavor.

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: Rhododendron generally symbolize caution due to the plant's toxicity; it's a warning not to consume or to approach with care.
    • Abundance: The lush, full blooms of the Rhododendron signify an abundance of beauty or resources, often relating to an overflowing wealth of emotions or prosperity.
    • Elegance and Wealth: The majestic appearance and association with opulent gardens make the Rhododendron a symbol for elegance and affluence.
    • Homecoming: In some cultures, the Rhododendron is a welcoming emblem, indicating that one should come back safely to home or family.
    • Survival: As Rhododendrons are hardy plants that can thrive in challenging environments, they represent the ability to endure and overcome adversity.
    • Warning: Similarly to beware, but with a stronger connotation of impending danger, likely again due to the plant’s poisonous nature.

Every 7-10 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Azaleas, including 'Hotspur Red,' require consistent moisture and should be watered thoroughly once a week. It's important not to let the roots dry out, but also to avoid waterlogging, which can lead to root rot. During hot, dry periods, increase the frequency to twice per week. Use approximately one gallon of water per watering for each shrub, ensuring it reaches the root zone. During the winter, when the plant is dormant, you can reduce watering to every other week unless there is significant rainfall.

  • sunLight

    Azaleas like 'Hotspur Red' thrive in partial shade, where they receive filtered sunlight or morning sun with afternoon shade. They should be protected from intense midday sun, which can scorch their leaves. An ideal spot is under the canopy of tall trees that provide dappled sunlight or on the eastern side of a building that shields them from the hot afternoon sun.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Azaleas such as 'Hotspur Red' prefer a temperate climate and can handle temperatures ranging from about 20°F to 80°F. They can survive temperatures as low as 0°F for short periods, but prolonged exposure to such low temperatures can be harmful. The ideal temperature range for optimal growth is between 50°F and 75°F.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune azaleas like 'Hotspur Red' immediately after they finish blooming in the spring to encourage bushier growth and more flowers the following season. Trim back the branches that have finished flowering, and remove any dead or diseased wood. Avoid heavy pruning late in the season, as this can cut off next year's buds. Pruning once a year is usually sufficient for maintaining shape and promoting plant health.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Azaleas thrive in well-draining, acidic soil with a pH of 4.5 to 6.0. A mix of 50% peat moss or sphagnum and 50% pine bark is ideal, ensuring proper drainage and aeration while maintaining moisture.

  • plantRepotting

    Azaleas, including 'Hotspur Red,' should be repotted every 2-3 years in spring, or when the roots outgrow the pot, to ensure healthy growth and blooming.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Azaleas like 'Hotspur Red' prefer moderate to high humidity levels, ideally between 40-60%, to thrive and maintain healthy foliage.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright, indirect light and maintain moisture without overwatering.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade; shelter from strong winds; mulch to retain moisture.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Rhododendron 'Hotspur Red' begins its life cycle as a seed, which germinates in moist, well-drained soil with indirect sunlight. After germination, the seedling will emerge and slowly develop into a young plant with proper care, including partial shade and acidic soil. As it matures through the vegetative stage, it grows larger leaves, stems, and a sturdy root system. The rhododendron reaches the blooming stage in the spring, producing vibrant red, trumpet-shaped flowers that attract pollinators. Following pollination, the flowers develop into seed capsules, which eventually dry and release seeds, continuing the cycle. As a perennial, it will go through a period of dormancy in the winter, conserving energy for the next growth cycle in spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propagation of the Rhododendron 'Hotspur Red', often called Red Rhododendron, is most commonly achieved through semi-hardwood cuttings. This method typically takes place during the late summer months. Take a 4 to 6-inch (10 to 15 cm) cutting from new growth that has started to harden but is not yet fully woody. Strip off the lower leaves and dip the cut end into a rooting hormone before placing it in a pot with a mixture of peat and perlite or sand. The cutting should be kept in a humid environment with indirect light, and in a few weeks to months, it should root and can eventually be transplanted outdoors.