R. pachysanthum

If you want the best of the rhododendron world, this plant is a MUST! A wonderfully behaved ball of foliage that stays clothed to the ground (if grown in the open), yet overwhelms with shades of grays, blues, silvers, tans and greens and then shows a beautiful orange-y indumentum on the underside of the leaves.

If thats not enough, pachysanthum adds a truss of beautifully held pink-to-white flowers.

R. pachysanthum is easily grown as long as you provide good drainage. It likes moderate sun (some shade is ok), fertilizer on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day and gentle watering. It comes from the mountains of Taiwan and is quite hardy. It grows to a 3 -4 foot ball in 10 years.