Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1218

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in NC-SC, uncommon in GA, endemic to the Atlantic Coastal Plain

Look for it in pocosins, savannas, pine flatwoods, sandhill-pocosin ecotones, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
White/Lavender/Pink
Bisexual
Slightly bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed funnelform corolla
5 stamens, ca. 1.25X or less 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 atlanticum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhododendron atlanticum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-05-010:
Rhododendron atlanticum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Azalea atlantica

 

COMMON NAME:
Dwarf Azalea, Coastal Azalea


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Will Stuart    wil_r_atlanticum_086

April    Scotland    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Flowers appear before the leaves, sticky from glandular hairs, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

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Will Stuart    wil_r_atlanticum_129

April    Scotland    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

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Will Stuart    wil_r_atlanticum_135

April    Scotland    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Flowers fragrant; flower tubes very glandular and can be white or pink, per American Azaleas.