• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches only 1 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Spring Flowers
    Late Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:roh-doh-DEN-dron im-ped-EYE-tum
    Plant type:Shrub, Rhododendron
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 6, 15 - 17
    Growth habit:Compact
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches only 1 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Late Spring
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design IdeasSo low growing, this hardly seems like a Rhododendron, but its luscious purple flowers give it away. It's a natural for filling in the edges of shade gardens, and is perfectly scaled for courtyards and city gardens. A very romantic plant for cottage gardens anywhere. Treat it as a woody groundcover in front of taller plantings. Excellent for disguising the exposed legs of larger acid-loving shrubs. A natural for around the edges of water features and water gardens.
    Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Azalea (Azalea); Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Coral Bells (Heuchera)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide organically rich, well-drained, acidic soil. Apply a thick layer of mulch to keep roots cool, avoiding the crown. Avoid harsh afternoon sun exposures and shelter from drying winter winds. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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