Rhododendron Rhododendron (Lodauric Group) 'Lodauric Iceberg'

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


The Rhododendron 'Lodauric Iceberg', belonging to the Lodauric Group, is a stunningly beautiful plant showcasing a lush display of foliage and attractive blooms. Its leaves are a deep, glossy green which serve as a perfect backdrop for its flowers. The blooms of 'Lodauric Iceberg' are particularly noteworthy - they emerge as voluptuous clusters, known as trusses, that make a bold statement in the garden. Each flower within the truss takes on a trumpet-like shape, inviting pollinators to visit. The color of the 'Lodauric Iceberg' blossoms is a captivating shade of pale lavender that can sometimes appear almost white, reminiscent of a pristine iceberg, hence the name. This pale shade may have subtle hints of softer pink, which can vary depending on light and environmental conditions. The blooms often feature a freckling of deeper purple speckles within their throat, giving them additional visual interest and depth. The flowering period for this Rhododendron is typically during the spring season, creating a spectacular spring display that is eagerly anticipated by garden enthusiasts. Overall, Rhododendron 'Lodauric Iceberg' is a visual delight with its contrasting foliage and delicate-looking, yet showy flowers. Its presence in a garden landscape offers a serene and almost whimsical quality, making it a cherished plant among gardeners looking to add a touch of elegance and beauty to their outdoor spaces.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Lodauric Iceberg Azalea, Iceberg Azalea.

    • Common names

      Rhododendron (Lodauric Group) 'Lodauric Iceberg'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Rhododendron plants are toxic to humans. If ingested, they can cause poisoning, the symptoms of which may include vomiting, diarrhea, hypotension (low blood pressure), abdominal pain, and potentially life-threatening heart rhythm disturbances. The severity of the symptoms can vary based on the amount consumed. All parts of the plant contain toxic substances, with the leaves being particularly poisonous. It is important to avoid ingesting any part of the plant and to keep it out of reach of children who might accidentally consume it.

    • To pets

      Rhododendron plants are poisonous to pets. If a pet ingests any part of a rhododendron plant, it could suffer from symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, weakness, and heart disturbances. In severe cases, ingestion can lead to coma or death. Even a small amount of the plant can cause serious effects, so it is crucial to prevent pets from having access to these plants and to seek veterinary care immediately if poisoning is suspected.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6 feet (1.83 meters)

    • Spread

      6 feet (1.83 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: The Rhododendron 'Lodauric Iceberg' offers stunning floral displays with its vibrant blooms, enhancing the visual appeal of gardens and landscapes.
    • Habitat Support: It provides nectar to pollinators such as bees and butterflies, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Versatility: Suitable for borders, screening, and as a feature plant, it offers versatility in landscape design.
    • Shade Tolerance: Can thrive in partial shade, making it ideal for under-canopy plantings where other plants might struggle.
    • Evergreen Foliage: Offers year-round interest with its evergreen leaves, maintaining garden aesthetics even when not in bloom.

  • 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

    • Photography Subject: The Rhododendron's vibrant blooms make an excellent subject for nature photography, including macro and landscape images.
    • Textile Dye: The flowers of some Rhododendron species can be used to create natural dyes for fabrics, although 'Lodauric Iceberg' is not commonly used for this purpose.
    • Artistic Inspiration: Rhododendrons have inspired artists to create botanical illustrations, paintings, and even sculptures celebrating their beauty.
    • Holiday Decor: Rhododendron branches with their evergreen foliage can be included in wreaths and garlands for festive decoration.
    • Bonsai: Some Rhododendron varieties can be cultivated as bonsai plants for enthusiasts who enjoy the art of miniature tree shaping.
    • Floral Arrangements: Fresh or dried Rhododendron flowers are sometimes used in floral arrangements and bouquets for events and home decor.
    • Erosion Control: Rhododendrons, due to their root structure, can help stabilize soil on slopes, reducing erosion.
    • Privacy Screening: The dense foliage of Rhododendrons can be used as a natural privacy screen in gardens and landscapes.
    • Theme Gardens: Rhododendrons are often the centerpiece in theme gardens, such as Asian or woodland gardens, that seek to emulate a particular style or ecosystem.
    • Sound Barrier: The thick foliage of Rhododendron hedges can dampen noise, acting as a natural sound barrier in busy areas.

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: The Rhododendron plant is known to be toxic, and historically, it symbolizes a warning to beware.
    • Caution: Due to its poisonous nature, the Rhododendron also signifies the need for caution in situations.
    • Temperance: Some cultures may see the Rhododendron as a symbol of moderation or temperance, possibly because indulging too much in its beauty can be dangerous.
    • Elegance and Wealth: The Rhododendron's impressive blooms are often associated with elegance and abundance, which can be connected to a display of wealth or prosperity.

Every 7-10 days
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Rhododendrons require thorough watering, with the 'Lodauric Iceberg' being no exception. It is crucial to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. During the growing season, water the plant with about 1 gallon per week for each yard of plant height. In dry, hot periods, watering frequency should increase to twice a week, whereas during cold, damp weather, it might require less frequent watering. Always water the plant at the base, avoiding wetting the foliage, as it may promote disease.

  • sunLight

    Rhododendrons, including 'Lodauric Iceberg', thrive best in dappled shade or filtered light. A spot that provides morning sunlight and afternoon shade is ideal, as harsh afternoon sun can damage the leaves. These plants also do well in spots that receive full shade, especially in hotter regions.

  • thermometerTemperature

    'Lodauric Iceberg' Rhododendrons prefer moderate climates and do best when temperatures range between 50°F and 70°F, which is ideal for their growth. They can tolerate a minimum temperature down to about 20°F, but temperatures below this may damage the plant. During hot summers, when temperatures exceed 80°F, providing some shade and extra water helps in maintaining plant health.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune 'Lodauric Iceberg' Rhododendrons to maintain shape and encourage bushier growth, typically after blooming in late spring to early summer. Remove dead flowers and damaged or dead branches to stimulate new growth and flower production. Pruning too late in the season can remove next year's flower buds, so it's best done soon after the flowers fade.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Rhododendron 'Lodauric Iceberg' prefers a soil mix that is well-draining, rich in organic matter, and has high acidity. A mix of 50% pine bark, 30% perlite, and 20% peat moss works well. The ideal soil pH for Rhododendrons is between 4.5 and 6.0 to ensure successful growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Rhododendron 'Lodauric Iceberg' should be repotted every 2 to 3 years, or when the plant shows signs of being root-bound. Spring is the best time for repotting, allowing the Rhododendron to establish in the new container before winter.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Rhododendron 'Lodauric Iceberg' thrives best in moderate to high humidity levels, ideally between 40% and 60%. Consistently high humidity helps to replicate their native habitat and promotes healthy growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Rhododendron 'Lodauric Iceberg' in bright, indirect light indoors.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in dappled sunlight, acidic soil, protect from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Rhododendron 'Lodauric Iceberg' begins its life cycle as a seed, which germinates in moist, well-drained acidic soil in a shaded or partly shaded location. Following germination, it enters the seedling growth phase, where it develops its root system and foliage over several years. As it matures into the vegetative stage, it forms a woody stem and evergreen leaves, becoming a recognizable shrub. The plant then enters the reproductive stage, producing clusters of attractive flowers in spring or early summer, which are pollinated by insects, birds, or wind, leading to the formation of seed capsules. After pollination and seed set, seeds are dispersed by natural forces, such as wind or animals, completing the cycle as they find suitable conditions to germinate and grow into new plants. During its life, Rhododendron 'Lodauric Iceberg' requires consistent care, including adequate watering, pruning, and protection from extreme temperatures to reach its full flowering potential.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The Rhododendron 'Lodauric Iceberg' can be propagated through several methods, with semi-hardwood cuttings being the most popular due to its efficiency and relative ease. To propagate by cuttings, one would typically take semi-hardwood sections of the stem during the late summer. These cuttings are usually about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) long and taken from the current year's growth. Each cutting should have several sets of leaves, and the bottom set of leaves must be removed. The cut end is often dipped in a rooting hormone to encourage root development and then planted in a mix of peat and perlite or a well-draining rooting medium. The pots are then placed in a partially shaded area and kept moist until the roots have developed well enough for the plant to be transplanted, usually in the following spring.