Azalea and Rhododendron

I share recycling and garbage dumpsters with my neighbors. I found about 30 empty, large containers labeled as azaleas of different varieties.

My mystery neighbors are welcome to do as they please with their yard, but how do I check my honey? Honey from azaleas and rhododendron is toxic. With so many close by, this seems like a concern. Is it?


interesting post, not sure that there is too much to worry about unless is the specific species on the evil list of plants, I for one don’t believe I have ever (ever) seen honey bees visiting any azalea flowers, either they are so unattractive nutritionally to bees or they typically flower when there is a whole heap of other flora about that bees would rather go elsewhere looking for a more nutritious feed. As for rhododendrons, the following quality article helps to shed light on why not to panic, good advice not just for hitchhikers in the galaxy…




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Thanks for the reply.

I’ve been watching the azaleas more closely this season. My poor flowering broccoli has been getting more bee visitors than a nearby azalea bush. I’m not as worried as I was earlier.

Oddly, the bee per flower density on the machurian pear is about the same as the broccoli.