Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1221

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in GA-SC Coastal Plain, uncommon in GA-SC Piedmont, rare in NC-SC Mtns

Look for it in swamps, pocosins, & savannas, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Pink
Bisexual
Slightly bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed funnelform corolla
5 stamens, almost 1.3X as long as corolla
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Rhododendron canescens   FAMILY Ericaceae

(?) SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhododendron canescens   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-05-006:
Rhododendron canescens   FAMILY Ericaceae

GREATER THAN Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Rhododendron canescens +

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Azalea canescens

 

COMMON NAME:
Piedmont Azalea, Southern Pinxterbloom Azalea, Wild Azalea


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image of Rhododendron canescens, Piedmont Azalea, Southern Pinxterbloom Azalea, Wild Azalea

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_azca3_001_lvd

        

image of Rhododendron canescens, Piedmont Azalea, Southern Pinxterbloom Azalea, Wild Azalea

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_rhca7_003_lvd

        

image of Rhododendron canescens, Piedmont Azalea, Southern Pinxterbloom Azalea, Wild Azalea

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_r_canescens_4

March        

image of Rhododendron canescens, Piedmont Azalea, Southern Pinxterbloom Azalea, Wild Azalea

Wesley Burnett    gwb1221_3927b

April    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

image of Rhododendron canescens, Piedmont Azalea, Southern Pinxterbloom Azalea, Wild Azalea

Keith Bradley    kab_r_canescens_4042

April    Lexington County    SC

Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve

image of Rhododendron canescens, Piedmont Azalea, Southern Pinxterbloom Azalea, Wild Azalea

Keith Bradley    kab_r_canescens_4125

April    Lexington County    SC

Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve

Corolla tube canescent and stipitate-glandular on the outside, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Rhododendron canescens, Piedmont Azalea, Southern Pinxterbloom Azalea, Wild Azalea

Keith Bradley    kab_r_canescens_4144

April    Lexington County    SC

Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve

Flowers tubes covered with both glandular and nonglandular hairs, per American Azaleas.

image of Rhododendron canescens, Piedmont Azalea, Southern Pinxterbloom Azalea, Wild Azalea

Keith Bradley    kab_r_canescens_4216

April    Lexington County    SC

Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve

image of Rhododendron canescens, Piedmont Azalea, Southern Pinxterbloom Azalea, Wild Azalea

Keith Bradley    kab_r_canescens_4297

April    Lexington County    SC

Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve

image of Rhododendron canescens, Piedmont Azalea, Southern Pinxterbloom Azalea, Wild Azalea

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_r_canescens_8

April        

image of Rhododendron canescens, Piedmont Azalea, Southern Pinxterbloom Azalea, Wild Azalea

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_r_canescens_pied

April        

Flowers typically white to light pink with pink tubes (but can be bright pink, per American Azaleas.