Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub
Perennial

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

Look for it in bogs, pocosins, moist streambanks, shrub balds, & other moist habitats, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White (rarely pink)
Bisexual
Slightly bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed funnelform corolla
5 stamens, noticeably shorter than pistil
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 viscosum +   FAMILY Ericaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhododendron viscosum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-05-011:
Rhododendron viscosum +   FAMILY Ericaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Swamp Azalea, Clammy Azalea, Swamp Honeysuckle, Catch-fly Azalea


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_azvi_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_rhvi2_002_lvd

        

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Will Stuart    wil_rviscosum_0526_001

May    Richmond County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Fragrant. Pistil & filaments typically white [vs. R. arborescens' red pistil], per American Azaleas.

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Will Stuart    wil_rviscosum_0526_005

May    Richmond County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Fragrance is such that you may often smell Swamp Azalea before you see it, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

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Will Stuart    wil_rviscosum_0526_005b

May    Richmond County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Sticky, glandular tube hairs easily catch flying insects, per American Azaleas.

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Ron Lance    rwl1234_a

June        

Leaf shape varies from small and narrow to large and rounded, per American Azaleas.