A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Western Azalea (Rhododendron occidentale)

Near Eight-Dollar Mountain, Selma, OR, 4/2015.

Near Eight-Dollar Mountain, Selma, OR, 4/2015.

In the same southern Oregon fen where we found the unusual pitcher plant, these amazing flowering shrubs were just beginning to bloom.  This is one of three rhododendron species that grow wild in the northwest; the other two being the more common (and as yet unposted) pink macrophyllum, and white albiflorum,  The word Rhododendron is Greek for “Rose Tree”.  The word “azalea” also comes from the greek  azaleos  meaning “dry”, referring to the dry soils the shrub usually prefers.  This species is prevalent in southern Oregon and much of California.  Winds keep coastal shrubs small (a few feet), while inland they can grow much taller (over 10 feet).

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2 responses

  1. very pretty. I have some azaleas growing in the front garden, but they are cultivated types.

    April 20, 2016 at 3:43 am

  2. Such pretty blossoms!

    April 20, 2016 at 8:25 pm

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