Has shown excellent disease resistance and good winter hardiness.
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Purple Passion Rhododendron

Trade Gallon (3qt)
Item # 35656
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Rhododendron 'Purple Passion' PP#9,981

Displays a well-branched, compact, vigorous growth habit.
Plant Patent #9,981. This distinctive Rhododendron will capture attention anywhere it's grown! Mid-spring brings a wealth of large, bright deep purple blossoms highlighted with a white flare on the upper lobe and a smattering of delicate maroon spots on the throat. The rich color is simply spectacular and does not fade.

'Purple Passion' displays a well-branched, compact, and vigorous growth habit, covering itself in lovely dark green leaves that have demonstrated excellent disease resistance. This seedling of 'Purple Splendour' has also shown good winter hardiness.

Give this gorgeous evergreen shrub moist, well-drained soil in part to full shade, and you'll have a border or bed accent for stunning specimen you'll enjoy for years to come! Zones 5-8.

Genus Rhododendron
Variety 'Purple Passion'
PPAF PP#9,981
Item Form Trade Gallon (3qt)
Zone 5 - 8
Bloom Season Mid Spring
Habit Compact
Plant Height 4 ft - 6 ft
Plant Width 4 ft - 5 ft
Additional Characteristics Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Evergreen, Flower, Hummingbird Lovers
Bloom Color Purple, White
Foliage Color Dark Green
Light Requirements Part Shade, Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Border, Hedge, Ornamental, Specimen
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico
Azaleas and Rhododendrons have been interbred since the first plants were scooped out of the dirt, and for a while these "crossbreeds" were even referred to by some ghastly name — Azaleodendrons or the like.

The old rule of thumb used to be that Azaleas are deciduous and Rhododendrons evergreen, but if that was ever true, it isn't anymore.

The differences between the two are slight, so slight in fact that botanists do not break them into the two groups that gardeners have come to know. Rhododendrons have 10 stamens per flower, while Azaleas have only five. While both can be deciduous, that trait is typically seen more in Azaleas than Rhododendrons. The shape of the leaves is often another indicator, with larger, paddle-shaped leaves typical of Rhododendrons, Azaleas often have smaller, elliptical leaves and trumpet, or tubular-shaped flowers at the ends of the shoots.

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  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
Rhododendron

Planting:

Spacing will depend upon ultimate height and spread of the variety or species you’ve chosen. A cool, moisture-retentive, acid soil (pH 4.5 to 6.5), particularly one that contains a high percentage of organic matter to hold moisture, is best.

The location should, in addition, be protected against drying winds and winter afternoon sun. Rhododendrons are shallow rooted and should not be planted too deep: the heavier the soil, the shallower the planting. Do not fertilize at planting time.


Maintenance:

Keep plants well-watered, even in dry periods in the fall – a coarse mulch, 2 to 3 inches deep, to retain moisture and keep the soil temperatures cool, is beneficial. This will also keep down weeds, eliminating the need to cultivate, which could pose a danger to shallow roots. Spent flowers should be removed.


Zones:

Zones various

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