Ericaceae (Heath) Family
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.