Rhododendron stenopetalum Linearifolium
(syn. R. macrosepalum Linearifolium; R. linearifolium; Seigai Tsutsuji)
Spider Azalea ro-do-DEN-dron sten-o-PET-al-um
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, an unusual azalea in that both the leaves and flowers petals are very narrow. Leaves only about 3-5 mm wide and 5 cm long at the middle, tapering gradually to each end, hairy, green, but have a reddish cast in winter. Flowers deeply divided into narrow strap-like petals, 3-4 cm long, purplish pink to strong purplish red, hairy at base.
- Of garden origin, not found in nature. Rhododendron stenopetalum is native to Japan (Honshu).
- stenopetalum: steno-, narrow, and petalum, petal.
- Seattle, Washington: Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden.