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Rhododendron

plant genus in the family Ericaceae; contains andromedotoxin which causes a syndrome of repeated swallowing, bloat, vomiting, abdominal pain and frequent defecation. The course is short and the outcome may be death from aspiration pneumonia or complete recovery. Called also azalea.
The list of toxic plants includes R. albiflorum, R. arboreum, R. campanulatum, R. cinnabarinum, R. indicum, R. macrophyllum (R. californicum, California rose bay), R. maximum (great laurel), R. molle, R. occidentale (western azalea), R. ponticum (horticultural rhododendron).
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I was on what seemed to be a little lawn in a garden, surrounded by rhododendron bushes, and I noticed that their mauve and purple blossoms were dropping in a shower under the beating of the hail-stones.
the time one's ears were pricked for footsteps on the path between the rhododendrons.
But you and I will be hiding n the other side of these rhododendrons.
In a trance I suffered her to lead me by the hand through the rank, dense rhododendrons.
To rescue Eva from these miscreants I would have let every malefactor in the country go unscathed: yet the condition was a hard one; and, as I hesitated, my love went on her knees to me, there in the moonlight among the rhododendrons.
As they were going up by the side-paths, through some rhododendrons, Mr.
Go and make one of the men servants bring some in a basket to the rhododendron walk," he said.
Through the speckled shadow of the great deodar-forests; through oak feathered and plumed with ferns; birch, ilex, rhododendron, and pine, out on to the bare hillsides' slippery sunburnt grass, and back into the woodlands' coolth again, till oak gave way to bamboo and palm of the valley, the lama swung untiring.
We had passed between the white posts of a gate and up a curving drive, lined with rhododendron bushes.
But it's never been purely a plant museum - through its pioneering plant breeding programme Bodnant Garden has given back to the world some new forms of our one of our favourite plants - rhododendrons.
It comes as rare hybrid rhododendrons there have been granted National Collection status by conservation body Plant Heritage.
The path, swales and retaining walls would require cutting numerous old rhododendrons and native shore pines on a three-quarter-mile sretch of the road between Ninth Street and Wildwinds Street.