Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Rhododendron canescens (Michx.) Sweet
- Family: Heath (Ericaceae)
- Flowering: March-May
- Field Marks: This azalea differs from other similar species by its pink flowers, hairy sepals
without glands, and its non-glandular capsules.
- Habitat: Pinelands, bluffs, pocosins, savannas, swamp forests, bogs, flatwoods, wooded slopes.
- Habit: Shrub to 15 feet tall, with short rhizomes.
- Stems: Slender, usually densely hairy.
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, oblanceolate to elliptic to obovate, pointed or rounded at the tip,
tapering to the base, toothless, hairy on the lower surface, up to 4 inches long, up to 1 3/4 inches
wide; leaf stalks up to 1/2 inch long, hairy.
- Flowers: Several in terminal clusters, showy, fragrant; flower stalks 1/5-3/4 inch long, densely
- Sepals: 5, green, united below, hairy but not glandular, lobes up to 1/12 inch long.
- Petals: 5, pink, united below into a long, slender tube, glandular-hairy on the outside, up to 2
- Stamens: 5, exserted beyond the corolla.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Capsules narrow, curved, hairy but not glandular, up to 1 1/2 inches long.
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