Ignatius Sargent Rhododendron
Rhododendron x 'Ignatius Sargent' (H-1)
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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|Lore||The name rhododendron is taken from the Greek for rose tree.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate growing to 5 to 7 ft. tall and wide.|
|Bloom Time||Late Spring|
|Design Ideas||This is the best Rhodie for new homesites, where early flowering is a big plus. Few hybrids can compare with the speed of this one, with its masses of pink flowers. Use as background or filler along fence lines or bare walls. Great between windows as foundation planting, which allows its fragrance to easily waft in. Good for side-yard screens and privacy hedges. Combine with other shrubs that blossom in more striking hues and use to give evergreen color to plantings of deciduous flowering shrubs. Dense growth is ideal for cover-ups, such as along fences and the edges of outdoor steps. Works well under the drip lines of large conifers.|
|Flower Attribute||Fragrant, Showy Flowers|
|Landscape Use||Privacy Screen, Specimen, Woodland Garden|
|Light Needs||Partial sun|
|Soil Needs||Azalea & Camellia Food|
|Special Feature||Attracts Butterflies, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Gift Plant, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Companion Plants||Combine this rhody with fiery flowered acid loving plants such as Chandleri Elegans Variegated Camellia, (Camellia japonica 'Chandler's Elegans Variegated'), Mandarin Lights Azalea, (Azalea x 'Mandarin Lights'), Valley Valentine Pieris, (Pieris japonica 'Valley Valentine') and Black Tulip Magnolia, (Magnolia x soulangiana 'Jurmag1').|
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8