Native Plants and Wildflowers

For over two decades, Don Hyatt has been studying our beautiful native azaleas. We are blessed with a very rich flora that grows wild the Eastern United States. There has been the discovery of two new native azalea species since 1995, R. eastmanii and R. colemanii, the count is now 17 species in North America, and still counting. There is only one species native to the western coast of Oregon and California, but most of the others are found in the Southeastern U.S. Some are very rare, and others are difficult to tell apart, but all of them are beautiful. They are truly some of the most lovely and alluring of our native wilflowers, and the regions where they grow are often breathtaking, too. Pictured below is the view of the Flame Azaleas, R. calendulaceum, along the Appalactian Trail near Roan Mountain on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.

Some of these pages were developed in association with various talks he has given to garden clubs or plant societies. For a number of years, nany of these files resided on the server at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology where he taught for many years. They have been recently moved to his own domain, so some links may be inactive but should be updated soon.

Native Azalea and Rhododendron Articles for the RSF

Two of the following articles were co-authored with George McLellan for the Yearbook of the Rhododendron Species Foundation Botanical Garden. The others were written by Don for the same publication.

More on Native Azaleas and Plants in the Wild

Gregory Bald in the Smokies

Gregory Bald Azalea

Roan Mountain and the Southern Appalachian Highlands

Rhododendrons on Roan