Scientific name: Anthophyta: Dicotyledonae: Ericales: Ericaceae: Rhododendron periclymenoides
Common Name: Pinxter-flower
Photographer: E. M. Barrows
Identifier: Perkins Azalea Garden
Collector: not applicable
Location: Perkins Azalea Garden, Landon School, Bethesda, Maryland
Keywords: A azalea bush pink flower shrub violet flower white flower
Additional Information: There are up to 900 Rhododendron species and thousands of cultivars, many of which are artificial hybrids.
Many cultivars are unnamed.
Horticulturalists divide Rhododendron into five main groups: large-leaf (elepidote) evergreen rhododendrons, small-leaf (lepidote) evergreen rhododendrons, Vireya rhododendrons, deciduous azaleas, and evergreen azaleas.
Milo and Tharon Perkins started the Perkins Azalea Garden in the early 1940s as a memorial to both of their sons who died during World War II, one in the Air Force and one in a train accident in the U.S.
The Garden currently has over 540 kinds of Rhododendrons.
Rhododendron periclymenoides (Michaux) Shinners, 5 May 2001.
Other names for this species are Rhododendron nudiflorum, Pinxter-flower, Election-pink, Pinxterbloom Azalea, Purple-honeysuckle.
It is native to woods, thickets, and swamps in New York, Massachusetts, and southern Ohio south through Maryland, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
This species has fragrant white or pale pink through deep violet flowers.
Brickell, C. and J. C. Zuk, eds. 1996. The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. DK Publishing, New York, NY. 1092 pp. Page 868.
Brown, R. G., and M. L. Brown. 1992 (1972). Woody Plants of Maryland. Port City Press, MD. 347 pp.
Fernald, M. L. 1950. Gray's Manual of Botany. Eight Edition. American Book Company, New York, NY. 1632 pp.
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