CROCHET PATTERNS (Crochet Flower Pattern #158 Rhododendron ponticum) – 365 Crochet Flowers Bouquet Project

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

Rhododendron ponticum

Rhododendron ponticum crochet pattern

Crochet Yarn

  • Crochet cotton Size 5 colour A = purple, colour B = green
  • Embroidery cotton colour C = orange/dark yellow.

Crochet Hook

  • 1.25 mm & 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,Rhododendron Sepals

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,rhododendron petals R1

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,rhododendron petals

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.

Stamens (5pcs.)

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.rhododendron stamens

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!

rhododendron ponticum crochet flower Rhododendron ponticum crochet pattern

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Happy Crocheting!


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9 Responses to CROCHET PATTERNS (Crochet Flower Pattern #158 Rhododendron ponticum) – 365 Crochet Flowers Bouquet Project

  1. nikki scholl says:

    I adore your patterns. they are art works. I am making several of your flowers to sew into thThamk e centers of an afghan I am crocheting.Thank you soooo much. Greetings from U>S>A

  2. Katerina says:

    I’m so happy you have started again! I really love your flower designs so much! I have used them all over!
    Thank you!

  3. Terry says:

    A lovely new flower! I was afraid that you’d come to the end of your project. I’ve made several of your beautiful flowers and bought some patterns as well and now I have this beauty to look forward to making. Thank you for this new one and I hope that there will be more.

  4. Susan Denaker says:

    I recently came upon your flowers instructions. I love them. I am hoping to be able to try each one. Thanks for sharing this new one with us, I look forward to each one. Thanks so much for your help and generosity n sharing them with us.

  5. Thank you for the flower instructions, i wanted to know what kind or size of thread do you use for the flowers. It looks very thin!

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