Rhododendron Rhododendron 'Solway' (Vs)

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


Rhododendron 'Solway' is a type of rhododendron characterized by its vibrant and attractive features. The plant boasts a lush spread of deep green, leathery leaves that provide a year-round display of verdant foliage. These leaves form a dense backdrop for the stunning flowers that bloom in abundance. The blossoms of Rhododendron 'Solway' are particularly eye-catching. They typically emerge in clusters known as trusses, creating a striking visual impact. Each flower within the cluster has a bell-shaped form with a delicate, ruffled edge that adds a touch of elegance to its appearance. The flowers are of a rich color, often in shades that can range from pale pink to a deeper, more intense hue. The inside of these blooms may reveal a slight patterning or contrasting color, giving them additional visual interest. Notably, the flowers also have prominent stamens that extend outward, adding to their ornate look. These protruding stamens contrast nicely against the softness of the petals and contribute to the overall allure of Rhododendron 'Solway'. The plant's blooming period brings an explosion of color that is both enchanting and refreshing to any garden space where it's cultivated. Throughout the seasons, Rhododendron 'Solway' maintains its robust appearance, with the foliage sometimes turning to darker shades or acquiring a slightly bronzed patina depending on the environmental conditions. This rhododendron is a treat for the eyes and can be a centerpiece in any garden, offering both evergreen foliage and seasonal floral displays.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Solway Rhododendron

    • Common names

      Rhododendron 'Solway' (Vs).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Rhododendron 'Solway' (Vs), commonly known as azalea, is a plant that contains toxic principles, particularly grayanotoxins. Azaleas are toxic to humans if ingested, potentially causing symptoms such as drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and in severe cases, can lead to depression of the central nervous system, cardiovascular collapse, and potentially death. It is important to avoid eating any part of this plant.

    • To pets

      Azalea is toxic to pets, including dogs and cats, as it contains substances known as grayanotoxins. If pets consume azalea, they can exhibit symptoms of poisoning which may include vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, weakness, coma, hypotension, central nervous system depression, and cardiac failure. Ingesting even a few leaves can cause serious effects in pets, and immediate veterinary attention is necessary if poisoning is suspected.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4-6 feet (1.2-1.8 meters)

    • Spread

      4-6 feet (1.2-1.8 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds vibrant color and beauty to gardens with its showy flowers.
    • Habitat Support: Offers nectar and shelter to pollinators and other wildlife.
    • Versatility: Suitable for a range of garden designs, from woodland to formal settings.
    • Year-Round Interest: Evergreen variety provides color and structure throughout the year.
    • Tolerance to Shade: Can thrive in shaded areas where other plants might struggle.
    • Low Maintenance: Generally requires minimal pruning and care once established.

  • 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

    • Rhododendrons can be used as a natural dye source. The flowers of the 'Solway' variant may produce varying shades of yellows and pinks when used in fabric dyeing processes.
    • The wood of rhododendrons is sometimes utilized in the crafting of small items such as wooden spoons, due to its hardness and fine grain.
    • The thick foliage of 'Solway' can provide shelter and nesting sites for various species of birds, integrating well with wildlife gardening concepts.
    • Used in bonsai cultivation, rhododendrons like 'Solway' can be meticulously pruned and shaped for the art of miniature tree sculpting.
    • In landscape design, 'Solway' rhododendrons can be employed as a natural privacy screen due to their dense growth habit.
    • Rhododendron leaves can be composted and eventually used as a soil acidifier, perfect for gardens requiring more acidic soil conditions.
    • Rhododendrons have been used for binding soil in erosion control projects because their root systems can help stabilize the soil on slopes.
    • The nectar-rich flowers can act as an attractant for beneficial insects, including bees and butterflies, enhancing pollinator diversity in the garden.
    • By strategically planting rhododendrons in wooded areas, they can act as a fire-resistant barrier due to their moisture-laden leaves and stems.
    • As part of a sensory garden, the colorful blooms and evergreen foliage of 'Solway' add visual as well as tactile elements for an engaging garden experience.

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 is often associated with caution or danger due to its toxic nature. Eating any part of the plant can be harmful.
    • Warning: Similarly, it can signify a warning to be heedful of something that might not be as it appears, again reflecting its beautiful yet poisonous characteristics.
    • Suffering: Some cultures may view the Rhododendron as a symbol of suffering or endurance, as the plant thrives in harsh conditions and can withstand cold climates.
    • Abundance: The lush, full blooms of Rhododendrons can represent abundance and wealth.
    • Beauty: The Rhododendron's attractive flowers are often seen as a symbol of beauty and elegance.
    • Temperance: Historically, the Rhododendron has sometimes been a symbol of temperance, perhaps because its toxic properties encourage moderation in its handling.

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

    Azaleas should be watered thoroughly, ensuring the soil is moist but not soggy. Aim to provide about one inch of water per week, which equates to roughly 0.6 gallons for a medium-sized plant, depending on its size and the weather conditions. During the growing season in spring and early summer, they may require more frequent watering, especially if the weather is dry. However, in the fall and winter, you should reduce watering as the plant requires less moisture. Always water at the base of the plant, avoiding wetting the foliage to prevent fungal diseases.

  • sunLight

    Azaleas thrive in light conditions that provide partial shade to filtered sunlight. The best spot for an azalea is one where it can be protected from the harsh afternoon sun which can cause leaf scorch. An ideal location would be under the canopy of tall trees that provide dappled sunlight or on the north side of a building where it can receive bright morning light.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Azaleas prefer moderate temperatures and can generally tolerate minimum temperatures around 20°F and maximum temperatures up to 80°F. The ideal temperature range for these plants is 60°F to 70°F. They can be sensitive to extreme cold or heat, so in regions with severe winters or very hot summers, they should be planted in locations that offer some protection from the elements.

  • scissorsPruning

    Azaleas benefit from pruning to maintain shape, encourage bushier growth, and remove any dead or diseased wood. Prune immediately after the blooms fade in late spring to early summer, as pruning too late can remove next year's flower buds. Cut back the branches selectively, and avoid heavy pruning which can stress the plant. Focus on thinning rather than shearing to keep the plant's natural form.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Azaleas, including Rhododendron 'Solway', thrive in well-draining, acidic soil with a pH between 4.5 and 6.0. A mix of 50% peat moss, 30% pine bark, and 20% perlite or coarse sand promotes good drainage and aeration. Regularly test soil pH to maintain the acidic conditions preferred by these plants.

  • plantRepotting

    Azaleas are typically repotted every 2-3 years or when they become root-bound. Rhododendron 'Solway' should be carefully repotted in spring or early fall, avoiding any disturbance to its delicate root system during its blooming period.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Azaleas like Rhododendron 'Solway' prefer moderate to high humidity levels, ideally between 50% and 60%. They benefit from a lightly misted environment or placement on a humidity tray filled with pebbles and water to promote a moist atmosphere around the foliage without wetting the soil excessively.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright, indirect light and maintain soil acidity for indoor Azaleas.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in dappled shade, provide acidic soil, and protect from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA.

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of the Rhododendron 'Solway' (Southern Indica Hybrid Azalea) begins with germination, where the seed, under the right conditions of temperature and moisture, sprouts and establishes a root system. From germination, it grows into a young seedling, producing its first leaves and continuing to develop a foundational root network. As it matures, it enters a vegetative state, where the plant focuses on growing in size and strength, with foliage becoming denser and more robust. Through the seasons, the Rhododendron 'Solway' goes through cycles of dormancy and active growth, typically becoming dormant in winter and resuming growth in spring. The reproductive stage is marked by the development of vividly colored flowers that bloom in spring to early summer, attracting pollinators and leading to the production of seeds after fertilization. As a perennial, this cycle repeats annually, with the plant potentially living for many years, sometimes decades, while gradually increasing in size and the abundance of blooms.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The Rhododendron 'Solway', commonly known as Rhododendron, can be propagated by semi-hardwood cuttings. This method is most effective when carried out in the late summer, as this is when new growth has matured enough to handle the stresses of cutting and rooting but is not too woody. Cuttings should be made from the current season’s growth, approximately 4 to 6 inches long, with leaves trimmed from the lower half of the stem. The cut end is then dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development and inserted into a moist potting mix that provides good drainage. The pot should be placed in an environment with high humidity and indirect light, where they can be kept moist until roots develop, which typically takes several weeks. Using this method, the cuttings can establish a strong root system before being transplanted to their final location.