Rhododendron ‘Hachmann's Charmant’

hybrid rhododendron

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Outstanding Qualities

The striking white flowers of this cultivar are edged in cerise and accented by a deeper cerise blotch on the dorsal lobe, making it look like an exotic orchid! 'Hachmann's Charmant' has large, green leaves. As it blooms in mid-May, near Mother's Day, it makes a great gift. It was selected in Germany for its cold tolerance and vigor. Bicolor rhododendrons have a contrasting color along the edge of each petal-either a thin "picotee" edge or a gradual shading. This two-tone coloration adds drama and texture to the garden. Bicolors can be used to blend one color scheme into another, but plan carefully: Pick one of the two colors on which to build your color scheme. Bicolors are best used as accents-a bed of bicolors would be pretty wild!

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: rose

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: frequent to regular watering

Seasonal Interest: striking spring flowers of white edged in cerise with a deeper cerise blotch

Wildlife Associations: bees, hummingbirds

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: cream, silver, gold

Great Color Partners: bronze, dark green, chartreuse

Culture Notes
This rhododendron is easy to grow in the Pacific Northwest. Plant it in rich well-drained or sandy soil in a location with full sun to light or open shade. Rhododendrons are shallow-rooted plants requiring regular watering during dry weather. Faded flowers can be removed to give a cleaner look and new growth can be pinched to help make young plants bushier. Adult root weevils can chew on their leaves, but this is less of a problem on plants that receive more light and regular watering.