Wild Flowering Shrubs

Mountain Azalea (Rhododendron spp.), one of several native, deciduous species.

Full bloom, thriving in the understory of a mature oak forest; Appalachian Plateau/Appalachian Highlands; 30May2016.


Photo by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.



4 thoughts on “Wild Flowering Shrubs

  1. We have gobs of wild rhododendrons around here (all of them in that same shade of pink as your azalea), but I don’t think any of the azaleas are wild in our region.

    • Must admit, I tend to favor plants that are uncommon, which this is. The ridge where this photo was taken is covered in Mountain Laurel, the north-facing ravines in Rhododendron thickets. The peak laurel bloom is mid June and the spectacle is celebrated with a Mountain Laurel Festival (tourist dollars!).

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