Wild Azalea
Rhododendron canescens
Ericaceae (Heath) Family

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Wild Azalea is also known as Wild Honeysuckle or Smooth Azalea.

Plant is a shrub. Preferred habitat is rich woods, stream banks and savannas. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem; whole part; short stalked; widest at the middle to lance-like; often slightly toothed; tapers to the tip with sides less than equal. Base of leaf forms an angle to the left and is pinched.

Flowers are in a terminal cluster; bisexual; divided into two parts each being the image of the other. Calyx is five-lobed; corolla is five-parted and nearly funnel- shaped; pink or yellow marked with pink; often with a white or yellow spot in the throat. Five to ten stamens that extend beyond the corolla. Flowers appear before the leaf. Flowers occur in the early spring.

Fruit is a capsule.

This azalea is not designated as rare, but it is rarely seen by the public because of its preferred habitat. The azalea seen most at roadside is in various shades of pink.

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