Rhododendron 'Pink Pancake' Rhododendron 'Pink Pancake' (EA)

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


'Pink Pancake' is a low, spreading evergreen shrub to 40cm tall, with light salmon-pink flowers in early summer

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Pink Pancake Azalea

    • Common names

      Rhododendron 'Pink Pancake' (EA).

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4 feet (1.22 meters)

    • Spread

      5 feet (1.52 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attractive Flowers: The Rhododendron 'Pink Pancake' produces large, showy pink flowers that add color and visual interest to gardens and landscapes.
    • Low Maintenance: Once established, it requires minimal care beyond occasional pruning and watering, making it suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Drought Tolerance: It is relatively tolerant to drought, which can reduce the need for frequent watering after it has been properly established.
    • Pest Resistance: The plant is relatively resistant to pests and diseases, which can minimize the need for chemical treatments.
    • Habitat Support: In its flowering season, it can attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, providing support for local ecosystems.
    • Year-Round Interest: In addition to its spring flowers, it has evergreen foliage that provides visual interest throughout the year.
    • Landscape Versatility: It can be used in a variety of landscape applications, including borders, mass plantings, or as a specimen plant.
    • Privacy Screening: Its dense growth habit can make it an effective privacy screen or windbreak when planted in rows or clusters.
    • Soil Adaptability: It can adapt to a range of soil conditions, though it prefers well-drained, acidic soils.
    • Cultural Significance: Rhododendrons have cultural significance in various parts of the world, often representing national or regional pride.
    • Easy Propagation: It can be propagated relatively easily from cuttings, allowing gardeners to create more plants for use in other areas or to share with others.

  • 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 petals can be used to create natural dyes for fabric and paper, offering shades of pink depending on the mordant used.
    • The leaves of the Rhododendron can serve as a natural insect repellent when crushed and applied as a poultice or when infused in oils.
    • Rhododendron wood, being quite dense, can be crafted into small wooden objects such as handles, buttons, or intricate carvings.
    • During traditional ceremonies in some cultures, Rhododendron flowers can be utilized as decorations to symbolize various sentiments, depending on the color and context.
    • Rhododendron blooms may be used as a natural confetti for outdoor celebrations, biodegrading more easily than synthetic alternatives.
    • Leaves of the Rhododendron can be incorporated into compost as a source of organic matter, though it is important to ensure they break down fully due to their toxic properties.
    • Rhododendron can serve as shelter plants for wildlife, offering protection for small animals and nesting opportunities for birds.
    • When properly treated, the leaves can be used for a unique type of potpourri or herbal sachets, provided they are kept away from pets and children.
    • In arts, Rhododendron flowers and foliage can be pressed and used to create botanical prints or inclusion in resin art pieces.
    • Rhododendrons can be used in certain educational contexts, such as botany and horticulture, to teach about plant care, taxonomy, and the importance of plant diversity in ecosystems.

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

    • Caution: The Rhododendron is known to be poisonous, so it symbolizes a warning to proceed with care in various situations.
    • Beware: Similarly, it could imply that one should be cautious of a situation that looks inviting on the outside but may have hidden dangers.
    • Temptation: The beauty of the plant may represent the allure of something that is enticing but potentially harmful if not handled correctly.
    • Agility: The plant's ability to grow and adapt in various conditions can symbolize one's ability to thrive in diverse environments and situations.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Rhododendron 'Pink Pancake', commonly known as the azalea, should be watered thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Generally, this means watering once every 7 to 10 days, but this can vary depending on climate and soil conditions. When you water, make sure to provide a deep soak, which could mean using about 1 to 2 gallons of water for each plant, depending on its size. During the growing season in spring and summer, the azalea may require more frequent watering, especially if the weather is particularly hot or windy. Less water is needed during the dormant winter months, but make sure the plant does not completely dry out.

  • sunLight

    Azaleas prefer partially shaded spots with some access to morning sunlight and protection from the intense heat of the afternoon sun. An ideal location would offer dappled sunlight beneath the canopy of taller trees or to the east side of a building where light is bright but indirect. Too much direct sunlight can lead to leaf scorch, while too little can affect blooming.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Azaleas thrive in moderate climates and prefer a temperature range between 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. However, they can tolerate temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit in winter and as high as 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit in summer, provided they are not exposed to prolonged heat without adequate moisture. Ideal growth occurs in the cooler part of this range, where nighttime temperatures are significantly lower than daytime temperatures.

  • scissorsPruning

    Azaleas benefit from pruning to shape the plant, encourage bushier growth, and remove any dead or diseased branches. The best time to prune an azalea is just after its blooming period, which is typically in the spring. Cut back the branches sparingly, as azaleas do not require heavy pruning, and aim to do so every year or every other year to maintain its desired size and shape.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Rhododendrons, commonly known as Azaleas, should be well-draining, high in organic matter, and acidic with a pH of about 4.5 to 6.0. A mixture of pine bark, leaf mold, and some peat moss is ideal for promoting good root health and flower production for the 'Pink Pancake' Azalea.

  • plantRepotting

    Azaleas typically require repotting every 2 to 3 years to refresh the soil and address root crowding. The 'Pink Pancake' Azalea should be carefully repotted when you notice signs of roots circling the pot or when the plant outgrows its current container.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Azaleas like the 'Pink Pancake' Azalea thrive in moderate to high humidity levels, ideally between 50% to 80%. To provide optimal growing conditions, maintain a humid environment, especially during dry winter months or in arid climates.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and ensure high humidity.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in dappled shade, protect from strong winds, water well.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of the Rhododendron 'Pink Pancake' begins with germination, which occurs when its seeds are sown in a well-draining soil mix and kept consistently moist in a cool, shaded environment. After germination, the seedling stage is marked by the emergence of the first true leaves, and with proper care, the plant will develop a strong root system and vegetative growth. As it matures during the vegetative stage, the 'Pink Pancake' will produce broader leaves and begin to form the structure of the shrub. The next stage is flowering, where the Rhododendron 'Pink Pancake' produces its characteristic pink blooms, which typically occurs in the spring following a period of winter dormancy. After pollination, the plant will produce seed capsules that, once matured, can be collected and sown to begin the cycle anew. Throughout its life, the 'Pink Pancake' will enter a period of dormancy each winter, which is crucial for the plant's rest and subsequent flowering.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The Rhododendron 'Pink Pancake', commonly referred to as the Pink Pancake Azalea, is typically propagated through semi-hardwood cuttings. This method is usually performed during the late summer months once new growth has begun to mature but isn't yet fully hardened. Cuttings should be about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) long and include several sets of leaves. The lower leaves are removed and the cut end is dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development. The prepared cutting is then inserted into a pot filled with a peat-based or sand and perlite mixture, ensuring good contact between the cutting and the medium. The pot should be placed in a well-lit area but out of direct sunlight and maintained with consistent moisture. Roots typically develop within a few weeks, after which the new plant can gradually acclimate to outdoor conditions.