Rhodora is a small shrub that brightens up bogs and wet woods with its gorgeous pink flowers, which emerge slightly earlier than the gray-green leaves. It is a host plant for the Columbia silkmoth (Hyalophora columbia). The flowers also attract bees and the rare bog elfin butterfly (Callophrys lanoraieensis) that drinks its nectar after hatching. A...
Botanical Name: Rhododendron canadense
Nom Français: Rhodora, rhododendron du Canada


Bloom colour: Magenta
Blooms: Spring - Zone 5
Pollinators: Bees | Bumble bees | Other
Sun or Shade: Partial Sun
Plant Type: Shrub
Height: Up to 3 feet (1 meter)
New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario
It grows well in hardiness zones: 3 to 8


Acid soils, peat bogs
Water requirement:
Sensitive to high pH


Grow in moist, humus-rich, cool, acid soil in full sun or partial shade. Mulch in spring to maintain soil moisture. Do not allow roots to dry out. Protect from cold, drying winds.




Rhodora flowers are well adapted to pollination by female bumblebees. These insects, which are active early in spring, are the only pollinators around when this plant flowers.
Native to Canada

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