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synonyms: Rhododendron dauricum 'Ostara'
poisonous or irritant
moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 7 to 9
Small to medium sized evergreen with small leaves. Early flowering with attractive rosy-pink flowers in March or April.
Moist, well drained humus rich acid soil in part shade and a sheltered position..
"Ostara" is the pagan spring equinox festival, celibrating new growth, birth, fertility and the sowing of seeds, adapted by Christian tradition to become Easter.