Native #10:
MOUNTAIN ROSEBAY or
CATAWBA RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron catawbiense

Catawba Rhododendron (Rhododendron catawbiense)

© Bill Hilton Jr.

Catawba Rhododendron (Rhododendron catawbiense)

© Bill Hilton Jr.

Catawba Rhododendron, Rhododendron catawbiense, is a large native shrub with thick green leaves that provide a fine backdrop for a Hummingbird Garden at any season. In late spring, the plant puts forth large clusters of purplish-pink flowers that attract the attention of hummingbirds AND humans. It's always a treat to see a Ruby-throated Hummingbird spending several minutes probing the rhododendron's blossoms for nectar.

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CULTIVATION TIPS

Perennial evergreen shrub (to 3m)
Blooms May
Moist to dry, rich acid soil
Full sun or light shade
Zones 4-8
NOTE: We are not horticulturists, so we regret we can't answer specific questions about how to plant and propagate native hummingbird flowers, but your local agriculture extension office or Master Gardener group may be able to help. We're also unable to provide names of sources from which you can order native plants. Please do NOT collect native plants from the wild unless they are growing in a site under immediate threat from development; instead, try to find a reputable nursery near you that raises native plants from cuttings or seeds.

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