Root Beer-Fragranced Rhody?
Hello everyone! I'm new to this website and am delighted to have found it.
I hope someone here will be able to point me in the right direction to find a rhody a relative had when I was a kid (lo, these many, MANY years ago).
The Puget Sound region of Western Washington is where this rhody grew.
The plant itself was huge...at least five or six feet tall (especially huge to the tiny child I was)...and had big white blooms with purplish spots in the interior. The best thing about this rhody, though, was it smelled like root beer!
I'm serious. I would linger in the back yard with my little face buried in the blossoms just to inhale that wonderful fragrance.
Everyone I've ever told this story to has looked at me as if I were nuts. But such a strong memory CAN'T be wrong!
So please...does ANYone here know the type of rhody I'm describing and...most importantly...where I can find one to buy today?
Oh...I (will soon) live in Zone 8a in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, so I do hope it will grow here.
Thanks so much for all your help!