Plants in the Wild
There is much diversity to the native azaleas in the wild, and one can find many exceptional
forms if regions are studied carefully. Here are a few examples of some rarer forms I
recently photographed in the Eastern Appalachians.
Double R. calendulaceum|
This was a beautiful double form of R. calendulaceum spotted in the woods near Wayah Bald in North Carolina.
The flowers measured at least 1.5 inches across and were very heavy textured.
Double R. cumberlandense|
This double form of R. cumberlandense was found in the woods near Slaughter Mountain in
Northern Georgia. The flower petals are quite narrow and floral effect was one of
starry little orange pompoms about 1 inch across. This photo was taken after we had 3 inches
of heavy rain the day before, so the flowers are a bit battered.
"Red" R. vaseyi
This is the deepest pink form of the species I have seen to date, and as such we refer to
it as our "red" R. vaseyi. It was seen on a steep hillside
near Mount Pisgah in North Carolina.