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Azalea 'Karens'

Rhododendron x gable

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhododendron (roh-do-DEN-dron) (Info)
Species: x gable
Cultivar: Karens
Hybridized by Pedersen
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cornelia, Georgia

Northbridge, Massachusetts

Concord, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

New Lisbon, Wisconsin

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 12, 2011, KariGrows from New Lisbon, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I am in zone four, but can push zone five plants quite often. When I saw the Karens, on sale I couldn't resist since my legal name is Karen. I got two and last fall they were covered with buds. I am not sure what ate all of the buds but rabbit or deer, either could have, as I did not protect them and they are in a woodland garden.
So now it is May, and lo and behold, they have died back on top where they were chewed but around the lower part of each plant they have budded and are about to bloom! I am thrilled they are so determined to flower! Next winter I will certainly protect them from nibblers.
Kari in New Lisbon, Wisconsin

One year later, this year they did not bloom and have nearly died from our drought. Even though I tried to keep them watered, they l... read more