One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

This is a relative of rhododendron, as one of our readers guessed. Pinkster Flower, Rhododendron periclymenoides, or Pinkster Azalea as it’s sometimes mis-named, is native to our woodlands and just like its rhododendron relative, it prefers things a bit moist.

Pinkster Flower, Pinkster Azalea

Unlike them, the leaves do drop, which is why Ms. Flora thinks so many humans refer to it as an azalea. We’re seeing these show flowers at the edge of woods, bright spots among the green.

Pinkster Flower, Pinkster Azalea

They don’t have a scent, so you’ll just have to look for them!

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2 thoughts on “One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

  1. I so wish we could grow such beauties here. Our limestone ground foundation just won’t allow these acid loving plants to thrive. Thank you for sharing!

    • Ms. Flora says, that’s right. Some humans pile pine needles around them. But if your soil is all the way the other direction, it probably won’t help.

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