Rhododendrons Love the Comox Valley
The North Island chapter of the American Rhododendron Society is based in the beautiful Comox Valley. Serving the surrounding communities of northern Vancouver Island, this ARS chapter is a welcoming place to enjoy rhododendrons and azaleas. Our regular meetings occur on the second Tuesday of each month (except May thru August) at the United Church in Comox – 250 Beach Drive. Doors open at 7 PM with meetings beginning at 7:30 PM. All are welcome to attend.
Our next meeting will be held at the Comox United Church on Tuesday, September 12th . A change of guests speakers for this meeting will have Daniel Mosquin, Research and Biodiversity Informatics Manager for the UBC Botanical Garden on a topic TBA.
Rhododendron of the Month:
Goldflimmer is another beauty among rhododendrons and one of the few with variegated leaves. They are a deep green with yellow spots and veins in the centre, which makes it very attractive all year round. The pale lilac pink flowers have frilly edges approximately 1½ to 2 inches across that bloom in late May to early June. This plant grows slowly and compact to about 3 feet in 10 years and is cold hardy to -15ºF (-26ºC).
Hybridized by Dietrich Hobbie of Germany in 1955.