ledebour rhododendron

Name: Ledebour Rhododendron



Ornamental shrub, similar to Dahurian rhododendron, with shiny, very fragrant leaves and large pink or pink-lilac flowers, blooming in May-June.

It occurs in the south of Western Siberia – in the mountains of Altai and Kuznetsk Alatau, in Eastern Siberia and the Far East. It grows on cliffs, rocky slopes of mountains, along river banks and in mountain forests.

Its therapeutic effect and application are similar to golden rhododendron.

The chemical composition is also close: essential oil, andro-medotoxin, ericoline, rhododendrin, a large number of tannins, gallic and ascorbic acids, artubin, trace elements – manganese, aluminum, lead, barium, copper, silver.

The plant causes severe poisoning in sheep and goats, less often in cattle.

In folk medicine, the Ledebour rhododendron is used in the same cases as the golden and Adams rhododendrons. The use of small-leaved rhododendron, an evergreen, highly branched shrub common in Eastern Siberia, from Tuva to Chukotka and the Far East, is similar.

Medicinal raw materials – leaves of the second and 30% of its year of life during the flowering of the plant. They are carefully cut, dried very quickly in a warm room or in warm ovens.

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