Rhododendron ponticum crochet flower
Rhododendron is an evergreen or deciduous shrub in the heath family (Ericaceae) which can grow as high as 20 metres. It bears shiny, elliptical leaves, dark green above and light green below. Rhododendrons form dense thickets covering hills and valleys with their mauve-purple, bell-shaped flowers from May to July. They thrive on acid soil, in woodland and on open ground. Native to Asia, rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal. These days are widespread in the Appalachian Mountains of North America.
Rhododendron ponticum is the species commonly found in Ireland and the United Kingdom. This species is invasive and has spread in woodland areas replacing the natural flora. The flowers are purple, lavender or magenta, five-lobed, funnel-form 4 – 6 cm in size and slightly asymmetric, held in large clusters. A particular characteristic of this species is the presence of splotches of a different colour or of a darker shade on the upper part of the corolla near the mouth of the funnel.
How to Crochet a Rhododendron flower?
Rhododendron ponticum Crochet Flower
- Crochet cotton Size 5 colour A = purple, colour B = green
- Embroidery cotton colour C = orange/dark yellow.
- 1.25mm & 1.75 mm steel hook
Details of components
– bell-shaped/ funnel-form flowers with 5 lobes
– 5 stamens and stem with 5 sepals.
Crochet Flower Pattern
Crochet Stem and Sepals
Start: using colour B and 1.75mm hook, make 4ch, join with sl st, 1ch,
R1: work 10sc in round. Make a sepal in each of the 5sts from the last row.
R2: [(1sc, 2dc, 1sc) in next sc] repeat 5 times, join with sl st . Fasten off B.
Crochet Petals (5 pcs.)
Start: using A and 1.75mm hook, make 5ch, join with sl st, 1ch, and continue in round
R1: 20sc in round, join with sl st, 1ch,
R2: (1sc in the next sc in the ring, 9ch, pivot, skip 2ch and make dc in next 6ch and 1sc in last ch) repeat 5 times, join with sl st, 2ch,
R3: (2dc in each sc on the side of the petal, 2tr in the top sts of the petal, 2dc in each sc on the other side of the petal) repeat 5 times, join with sl st. Fasten off A.
Start: Using colour A and 1.25mm hook, make 12ch, pivot and make 2dc in the first ch, return with 10sl st = 1 stamen. Make 2 pcs.
Continue with: make 15ch, pivot, skip first ch and make 2dc in the second ch, return with 12sl st = 1 stamen. Make 3 pcs. Join with sl st. Fasten off A.
Secure the stamens inside the corolla. Attach the sepals at the back of the corolla. Finish up with a few splotches of dark yellow embroidered on one of the petals.
Crochet 5-6 flowers and join them into a bunch.
This is it! The Crochet Pattern for the Rhododendron ponticum Flower is ready!
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