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Rhododendron racemosum, Rock Rose, Racemose Rhododendron

Rhododendron racemosum

Rock Rose, Racemose Rhododendron
Family: Ericaceae
Origin: China
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Rhododendron racemosum is an erect small evergreen shrub with dull green oval leaves glaucous beneath. Bright rose-pink, funnel-shaped flowers 2.5cm in width are clustered along the shoots. Ideal for planting in part shade and woodland.



Rhododendron racemosum, Rock Rose, Racemose Rhododendron
Rhododendron racemosum, Rock Rose, Racemose Rhododendron
Rhododendron racemosum, Rock Rose, Racemose Rhododendron
Rhododendron racemosum, Rock Rose, Racemose Rhododendron


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Rhododendron section Vireya, Vireya Rhododendron
Rhododendron 'Will Silent'

Rhododendron section Vireya

Vireya Rhododendron
Family: Ericaceae
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersWhite, off-white flowersYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Remarkable group of rhododendrons. These Vireya rhododendrons (also called Malesians) are quite different from their large, spring-blooming cousins. Many Vireyas, with flowers in shades of red, orange, yellow, and white - often intensely fragrant - are small enough to fit in a tabletop pot. They flower heavily in winter, when their color and scent are most welcome, with repeat bloom several times each year.

You can grow Vireyas indoors anywhere, setting plants outside during frostfree months. Use a fast-draining potting medium. Or create your own mix by blending 1 part peat moss, 1 part ground bark, and 2 parts perlite. Put plants in terracotta containers that are relatively tall and barely wider than the rootballs (Vireyas grow best when they're slightly rootbound. Keep Vireyas in a bright spot indoors during the winter, and move them out into the light shade of a tall tree or covered patio during frost-free months (temperatures lower than 28F can injure or kill these plants). Vireyas like to dry out between waterings. Water by weight, at least at first. Pick up the pot and feel how much it weighs when the soil is nearly dry. Then drench the soil and pick it up again - it will be much heavier. This will give you a sense of how light the pot should be bofore you water again. Water more often when plants are blooming. Most plants will eventually grow at least 2ft tall in containers, increasing bloom as they mature. If they get leggy, occasionally pinch new growth tips to force branching.





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Rhododendron sp., Azalea sp., Rhododendron
Rhododendron dauricum

Rhododendron sp., Azalea sp.

Rhododendron
Family: Ericaceae
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersWhite, off-white flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowersSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The genus Rhododendron of around 800 species can be divided into four major subgenera. Many people are unaware that azaleas are rhododendrons. They have large leaves or elepidotes (without scales)

Species and varieties:

Rhododendron arborescens

Rhododendron austrinum

Rhododendron canescens

Rhododendron dauricum

Rhododendron 'Ennepe' (Arendsii-hybrid)

Rhododendron flammeum

Rhododendron forrestii

Rhododendron 'Freya'

Rhododendron hippophaeoides

Rhododendron inundatum

Rhododendron impeditum

Rhododendron hybrid White

Rhododendron kiusianum

Rhododendron laetum

Rhododendron laetum X zoelleri

Rhododendron 'Lavendula'

Rhododendron linearifolium

Rhododendron lochiae

Rhododendron luteum

Rhododendron maddenii

Rhododendron orbiculare

Rhododendron 'Pallas'

Rhododendron ponticum

Rhododendron racemosum

Rhododendron 'Shanty'

Rhododendron stenopetalum 'Linearifolium'

Rhododendron section Vireya

Rhododendron vaseyi

Rhododendron williamsianum

Rhododendron yedoense





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Rhododendron stenopetalum 'Linearifolium', Spider Azalea

Rhododendron stenopetalum 'Linearifolium'

Spider Azalea
Family: Ericaceae
Origin: Japan
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This semi- evergreen azalea cultivar from Japan is unusual for its very narrow leaves. The pink, fragrant flowers are likewise almost strap-like, and appear in terminal clusters of about three.



Rhododendron stenopetalum 'Linearifolium', Spider Azalea
Rhododendron stenopetalum 'Linearifolium', Spider Azalea


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Rhododendron vaseyi, Pinkshell Azalea

Rhododendron vaseyi

Pinkshell Azalea
Family: Ericaceae
Origin: North America
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersDeciduous plantSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Rhododendron vaseyi is among the first and most beautiful spring-flowering native azaleas to bloom with masses of light pink bell-shaped flowers on leafless stems. It is endemic to North Carolina in the United States, where it is known only from the Blue Ridge Mountains.



Rhododendron vaseyi, Pinkshell Azalea
Rhododendron vaseyi, Pinkshell Azalea
Rhododendron vaseyi, Pinkshell Azalea
Rhododendron vaseyi, Pinkshell Azalea


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Rhododendron williamsianum, Williamsianum rhododendron

Rhododendron williamsianum

Williamsianum rhododendron
Family: Ericaceae
Origin: China
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Hardy to min. -25°C (USDA zone 5-6), perhaps a little more on protected sites.

'August Lamken' is a Williamsianum rhododendronwith bright pink, bell-shaped flowers with frilled margins produced mostly in late May. Its evergreen, rounded to ovate leaves are softer green than on hybrid rhododendrons.



Rhododendron williamsianum, Williamsianum rhododendron
Rhododendron williamsianum 'August Lamken'
Rhododendron williamsianum, Williamsianum rhododendron
Rhododendron williamsianum 'August Lamken'
Rhododendron williamsianum, Williamsianum rhododendron
Rhododendron williamsianum 'August Lamken'
Rhododendron williamsianum, Williamsianum rhododendron
Rhododendron williamsianum 'August Lamken'


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Sphyrospermum sp., Sphyrospermum

Sphyrospermum sp.

Sphyrospermum
Family: Ericaceae
Origin: South America, Central America
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeEpiphyteRegular waterEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.

Sphyrospermum sp. is a striking plant native to South America and Central America. It is a unique groundcover and low-growing plant with long pendant stems reaching up to 2ft in length. As it matures it can grow up to a maximum of 5ft tall with thumbnail sized leaves and small pea-sized blue fruits that appear once it has flowered.

In terms of growing Sphyrospermum in your garden there are a few things to bear in mind. It is tolerant of semi-shady conditions and does best with regular watering. However, it cannot withstand cold temperatures so if you live in a cooler area then potting is the way to go. In USDA plant hardiness zones 9-11 it grows particularly well, in a pot or in the ground, as long as it's in a sheltered spot and is protected from frost.

Sphyrospermum is also an ethnomedical plant, used by some South American tribes for a variety of treatments and remedies. The plant is mostly used in topical treatments, mixed with other ingredients such as aloe vera and natural oils.

Overall, Sphyrospermum is a unique, impressive and versatile plant that can be kept in the ground or in a pot depending on the climate. It is a low-maintenance plant that requires semi-shady areas and regular watering, but it is also an ethnomedical plant that offers a variety of treatments and remedies.





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Unknown 137, Unknown

Unknown 137

Unknown
Family: Ericaceae
Origin: Ecuador
Vine or creeperSemi-shadeEpiphyteRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersUnknown name

Thibaudia inflata (?)



Unknown 137, Unknown
Unknown 137, Unknown


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Vaccinium corymbosum, Tropical Blueberry, Lowbush Blueberry

Vaccinium corymbosum

Tropical Blueberry, Lowbush Blueberry
Family: Ericaceae
Origin: North America, Europe and Asia
USDA Zone: 4-8?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersWhite, off-white flowersEdibleSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The berries are light blue, very large and flavorful. They grow in an open cluster. The plant has an upright habit. Extremely productive. Most commonly associated with light, well-drained acidic soils. Soils generally have a high organic content but may be relatively low in available mineral nutrients. This variety is well-suited to subtropical conditions, and can be grown as a potted plant. Blueberry is an effective supplement for eyesight improvement, cholesterol reduction, and cancer prevention.

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Vaccinium hybrid - Tropical Blueberry Emerald

Tropical Blueberry. The berries are light blue, very large and flavorful. They grow in an open cluster. The plant has an upright habit. Extremely productive. This variety is well-suited to subtropical conditions, and can be grown indoors as a potted plant. It needs 100 chill hours for blooming.
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Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
 


Vaccinium macrocarpon, Oxycoccus macrocarpus, Large Cranberry, American Cranberry, Bearberry

Vaccinium macrocarpon, Oxycoccus macrocarpus

Large Cranberry, American Cranberry, Bearberry
Family: Ericaceae
Origin: North America
USDA Zone: 2-7?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeKeep soil moistPink flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.EdibleSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Vaccinium macrocarpon, commonly known as Large Cranberry, is a native plant to North America. It is a low-growing shrub growing to a mature height of 2 to 5 ft, and spreads to 3-4 ft wide. It has attractive, small, glossy dark green leaves and fuchsia-pink flowers in spring. It bears bright red cranberries that mature in fall. This small, evergreen shrub can be used both as an edible food crop and as a beautiful ornamental ground cover in semi-shade or full sun. It thrives in acidic soils with good drainage and a pH of 4.0 to 5.2. The soil should be kept moist, yet well drained. It is cold hardy in USDA Zone 2-7.

Cranberries are very healthy and nutrient-rich fruits that are very versatile in cooking. They are rich in vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants, as well as other essential vitamins and minerals such as manganese and vitamin E. They can be eaten fresh or cooked, and made into juices, jams, and other products. The dried fruit can last up to a year and can be used in many recipes, such as sauces, smoothies, or even salads. In addition, cranberries have many health benefits and are linked to reducing urinary tract infections, and aiding digestion, as well as being anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.



Vaccinium macrocarpon, Oxycoccus macrocarpus, Large Cranberry, American Cranberry, Bearberry
Vaccinium macrocarpon, Oxycoccus macrocarpus, Large Cranberry, American Cranberry, Bearberry
Vaccinium macrocarpon, Oxycoccus macrocarpus, Large Cranberry, American Cranberry, Bearberry


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