Spring has definitely “sprung” in South Louisiana!
Some of the most beautiful and prominent blooms here are our Azaleas. The blooms usually precede the leaves so they create literal “walls of blooms” in practically every yard. The colors range from paper white to pink, to red, to orange, lavender, or purple! Unfortunately, the blooms only last a few weeks – but we certainly enjoy them while they are here.
I will post some photos of our azaleas in the next few days but first, I want to present the native (or wild) version of our azaleas. Unfortunately, we do not have one (we are planning to get one in the near future). However, a few of our neighbors do have them and I was able to get some gorgeous pictures of them in prime beauty! (BTW, some folks mistakenly assume that these are a kind of honey suckle plant since the blooms are similar.)
Wild Azalea Phlox Pink
Rhododendron canescens, the piedmont or Florida Pinxter Azalea (?)
For more information about the azalea plant, visit the Azalea Society website. For specifics on the Phlox Pink, their page is located here. For a guide to identifying native azaleas, visit the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology website here and here.
Do you have any wild azaleas? Send us your photos. Your comments are always welcome.