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

        

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

        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_r_canescens_4

March        

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Wesley Burnett    gwb1221_3927b

April    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm110417_070

April    Cleburne County    AL

Mount Cheaha

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

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_r_canescens_8

April        

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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.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_r_canescens_pied_b

April        

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