Irish wildflowers

Photos: Gougane Barra, Co.Cork

Rhododendron ponticum
Family: Ericaceae

Flowering: May-June. Evergreen shrub. Re-introduced. Garden escape.

Terminal racemes of large purple-mauve flowers. Alternate dark-green leaves, entire, shiny, narrow oblong. Densely branched, spreading to upright. Branches with reddish bark. Spreads by seeding and suckering. Height: To 5m

Acidic soils in all areas, very frequent on bog margins in west of Ireland.
Can be very invasive.

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