Wild Azalea
Rhododendron canescens
Ericaceae (Heath) Family

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Wild Azalea is also known as Wild Honeysuckle.

Plants are small shrubs. Preferred habitat is at the edge of woods and streams. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem; consisting of one whole part; short leaf stalks; widest at the middle or egg-shaped to spatula-like; no teeth and no lobes.

Flowers are in a cluster at the end of a stem; bisexual; irregular in shape. The calyx is five-lobed; corolla nearly funnel-shaped and pink, yellow or white, often reddish tinted; 5-10 stamens that extend beyond the corolla. Flowers occur in early spring before the leaf emerges.

Fruit is a capsule

This much-branched shrub is especially showy in flower. It is relatively tolerant of dry sites and is often used as an ornamental shrub in the domestic landscape.

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