9 responses to “Rhododendron tomentosum subsp. decumbens”

  1. Brynn Allen

    It must be in the air. I just purchased a sacred lotus planting and the nice Craigslist seller was kind enough to post the botanical name “Nelumbo nucifera”. I have been looking for a Lotus plant of any kind, for a water feature in my yard. A flowering lotus was the important criteria and I have been looking for some time. Either the plant was not identified correctly or the price was way to steep. This seller included 6 healthy plants in a nice Costco pot for $50 with a single bud. I got it home and then googled the botanical name for ideas of care, etc. I did not know that people smoked the leaves and soaked the flower petals in wine for an opium like affect. What a bargain. The bud just opened today and I am amazed at it’s beauty. Mahalo, Brynn

    1. Pat Collins

      Practically every part of the lotus is used separately in medicine in India, China and adjacent nations. The plumule (the leaf embryo in the seed) is particularly potent. The tuberous rhizomes, of course, as food.

  2. Pat Collins

    The stimulation from Labrador and Greenland tea is usually attributed to ledol. This compound is also potentially lethal.

  3. chris jankot

    how do deer get away with eating rhodendrons? the same way woodchucks get away with eating wild foxglove?

  4. lynn

    I enjoyed the humor today, and I like plants that have that decumbent habit, especially among rocks like this, so it’s a win-win, thanks Daniel!

  5. Marie

    I am very curious to know whether its traditional use as a beverage resulted in any cases of poisoning. Could the fact that only young leaves were used, be key?

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