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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Rhododendron canescens

Piedmont Azalea, Southern Pinxter Azalea, Wild Azalea, Hoary Azalea, Mountain Azalea, Florida Pinxter Azalea

Scientific Name:

Rhododendron canescens

Genus:

Rhododendron

Species Epithet:

canescens

Common Name:

Piedmont Azalea, Southern Pinxter Azalea, Wild Azalea, Hoary Azalea, Mountain Azalea, Florida Pinxter Azalea

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

March, April, May

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Swamps, pocosins, and savannas. In NC, generally uncommon or infrequent in the southern Coastal Plain; not common or widespread. Apparently not native to the NC Piedmont or mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled, S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

There are a few widely scattered records in the eastern Piedmont and possibly in the mountains – apparently incorrectly identified. Fragrant.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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