Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1223

Shrub, Tree
Perennial

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

Common in Mtns, rare in Piedmont, rare in SC, endemic to Southern Appalachians

Look for it on rocky summits, shrub balds, acid ridges & slopes (mostly at high elevations), north-facing bluffs in Piedmont, per Weakley's Flora

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

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Purplish-pink (rarely whitish)
Bisexual
Slightly bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed campanulate corolla
10 stamens
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 catawbiense   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhododendron catawbiense   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-05-002:
Rhododendron catawbiense   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Rhododendron catawbiense

 

COMMON NAME:
Catawba Rhododendron, Mountain Rosebay, Purple Laurel, Pink Laurel