This is a well-known beautiful garden shrub. It belongs to the natural order Ericoee. They all possess medicinal properties. The juice is acrid, and to some extent, narcotic. Hence the ancients said, that the honey obtained by the bees from the species, Azalea Pontica, made those mad who ate it. In Siberia, the Rhododendron Chrysanthemum is used as a remedy in rheumatism; an infusion of the leaves is taken, which causes a creeping or pricking sensation, which gradually subsides, and with it the rheumatic pains. It is good in palsy and syphilis. Those grown in our gardens have the same effect.
But skill, and caution are requisite in the use of their narcotic properties. Beautiful ornaments of gardens and shruberries, they are redolent with poison.
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