Rhododendron 'Blue Peter'
Blue Peter Rhododendron
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 4.5 ft (1.4 m), often wider than tall. Leaves elliptic, acute apex, concave, glossy, matte dark green. Flower lavender with a prominent purple/black blotch (flare) and very frilled margin, about 7 cm wide, stamens unequal and white-hairy at the base; about 15 flowers per tight, conical clusters.
- -15°F, middle, 4/2-3/3 [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)]. Sun and heat tolerant, vigorous, cold hardy, and easily propagated. Especially popular in the eastern U.S., but also popular with weevils.
- Hybridizer: Waterer and Crisp, unknown parentage, introduced in the mid-1930s. Received the Royal Horticulture Society's Award of Garden Merit in 1993.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: Autzen House, 8th St. and Jefferson Ave.