Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1220

Shrub
Perennial

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

Common in Mountains, rare in Piedmont

Look for it in deciduous forests, particularly on mountain slopes, grassy balds, per Weakley's Flora

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

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Orange/Yellow/Red
Bisexual
Slightly bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed funnelform corolla
5(6) stamens, almost twice 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 calendulaceum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhododendron calendulaceum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-05-005:
Rhododendron calendulaceum   FAMILY Ericaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Flame Azalea


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JK Marlow    jkm150424_700

April    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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JK Marlow    jkm150424_708

April    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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JK Marlow    jkm070518_004

May    Watauga County    NC

Flower tubes are glandular, in contrast to the 3 other orange-red azaleas, per American Azaleas.

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JK Marlow    jkm070518_013

May    Watauga County    NC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_r_calendulaceum_4

May        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_r_calendulaceum_f

May        

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Craig Myers    cam_flameazalea1

June    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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Bill Sharpton    gws1220_a

June        

[Pollinator at work] Stamens almost twice as long as the corolla, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm090610_005

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

"...the most gay and brilliant flowering shrub yet known" - William Bartram

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JK Marlow    jkm140607_608

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

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JK Marlow    jkm140607_609

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

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Ron Lance    rwl_rhodo_calendulaceum

June    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve