Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Catawba Rosebay (Rhododendron catawbiense): Images

Date Location Notes Images
May 22, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire Supposedly, the only New England state that this plant grows in is Massachusetts. But Rhododendrons can be planted anywhere. This was found in a clump of bushes, very close to a business. Pink flowers, no scales on the leaves (see closeup image) and large leaves (10-20 cm long) led me to two possible Rhododendron choices. Short sepals (0.5 - 1.7 mm long) and wider leaves (1.5 - 2.5 times as long as wide) helped me decide that this was Catawba Rosebay.