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NC Native Plant Society:
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Rhododendron periclymenoides [= Rhododendron nudiflorum]

Pinxterflower, Pinxter-flower, Wild Honeysuckle, Swamp Honeysuckle, PInxterbloom, Wild Azalea

Scientific Name:

Rhododendron periclymenoides [= Rhododendron nudiflorum]

Genus:

Rhododendron

Species Epithet:

periclymenoides

Common Name:

Pinxterflower, Pinxter-flower, Wild Honeysuckle, Swamp Honeysuckle, PInxterbloom, Wild Azalea

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

March, April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Moist slopes, wet flats, bogs, swamps, north-facing bluffs in the Piedmont. Common throughout NC.

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:

Recommended and Available

Notes:

Attracts bees and hummingbirds.
See Shinners (1962) for explanation of the change from the name R. nudiflorum.

Blooms

image

Margaret Reid Garden, Chapel Hill, April 2001

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Rhododendron periclymenoides [= Rhododendron nudiflorum]. You will likely hear them called Pinxterflower, Pinxter-flower, Wild Honeysuckle, Swamp Honeysuckle, PInxterbloom, Wild Azalea. This picture shows the  of Rhododendron periclymenoides [= Rhododendron nudiflorum]

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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