Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Rhododendron Macrophyllum

In the mild climates indicative of the U.S. Pacific Northwest, even throughout the winter months, several species of rhododendron flourish beyond their usual blooming period (March through May). This can be extended through July or August and can begin as soon as January, if the weather's just right: moderate temperatures and ample rainfall when coupled with slightly acidic soil.

Rhododendron macrophyllum, pictured above, is the state flower of of Washington (West Virginia's is rhododendron maximum). It's known for its lush pinks, although colors can range from white to yellow to purple - and it also varies in size, shape, and height.

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