Botanical Name: Rhododendron canadense
En Français: Rhodora, rhododendron du Canada
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 favourite because of their explosive, butterfly- looking flowers. Plants in beds and borders, Bog garden, City, Cottage/Informal, Waterside, Woodland
Planting and Care Considerations
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.
Best Soil: Sensitive to high pH
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.