Etymology: Rhododendron: from the Greek rhodos, "rose," and dendron, "tree"
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-12" tall shrub
Leaves: alternate, evergreen, thick, leathery, elliptical, 1/2" long, densely scaled
Flowers: dark pink to purple, 5-parted, 1/2" wide, bell- to funnel-shaped, 5-10 protruding stamens; inflorescence with a few, stalked flowers in an umbel-like cluster at the ends of the stems; blooms June
Habitat: shady; moist sandstone cliffs above rivers
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 10, Wetland Indicator = FACW- WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine: Information and Photos USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos