FFAC "The Cleopatra Project" Art Catalogue August 7 2022

Rhododendron and Azalea Rhododendron species

Nine species of Rhododendrons and Azaleas are found in habitats throughout Virginia. The evergreen species generally have large, leathery, dark green leaves and are covered with clusters of tubular flowers (white to rose-pink to lilac) with flaring petals and long stamens. The deciduous azaleas produce flowers before leafing out. All parts of these plants contain the toxin, grayanotoxin. Symptoms after ingestion may include heart and nervous system complications, mouth irritation, salivation, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Ingestion of large amounts, especially from honey made from the nectar, may cause confusion, muscle weakness, low blood pressure, lowered heart rate, seizures, and life-threatening heart irregularity.

Frances Lacy Rhododendron Acrylic 12 x 12 $250


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