Rhododendron canescens (Michx.) Sweet - Wild Azelea
Family - Ericaceae
Tubes of corollas.
Flowering - March - May.
Habitat - Moist wooded slopes, savannahs, swamp forests, stream banks, hammocks.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This attractive species is common throughout Alabama. The plant can be identified by its pubescent leaves (canescent abaxially), densely canescent twigs, and light to dark pink flowers. The corolla tube of the flowers is densely stipitate glandular externally.
Photographs taken off India Rd., Opelika, AL., 4-16-05.