Rhododendron stenopetalum 'Linearifolium'
Size: 6-9 inch
Growth Habit: dwarf (3 x 3 feet)
USDA Zone: 8a
Exposure: filtered sun
Growing Conditions: moist, well drained soils
Color Category: Lavender
Bloom Time: June
Comments: A one-of-a-kind plant. Narrow strap-like olive-green leaves measure 1/2 inch wide and 2 inches long. Each bloom is a small circular mass of intertwined petals. As they unwind it reveals petals 1/8 inch wide and 2 inches long in a vivid lavender-pink. Puts on quite a show in May in June. Foliage tinged wine-red in winter. According to Hillier's "Manual of Trees and Shrubs" (2014) the species name has been changed from macrosepalum to stenopetalum.