Today, another thank you to Earl Blackstock of the eastern US for sending along via email another of his photographs of an azalea to share. Much appreciated!
Rhododendron canescens is known by a variety of common names. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Native Plant Database provides a list of seven, including southern pinxterflower (I’d really like to know what pinxter means — is it some relation to pinkster?
This species is native to southeastern USA, where it inhabits “moist to dry woods, pocosins, swamps and savannas, often along streams“, according to the Flora of North America (pocosin). The scent of the flowers is described as “delicate, sweet fragrance“, likely the reason for the common name wild honeysuckle in some areas (true honeysuckles are very distantly related from azaleas).
A bit of additional reading today, if you’re so inclined: They Don’t Complain and They Die Quietly, a reflection by a son about his father’s garden and a transgenerational affection for plants.