Occoquan Regional Park, Fairfax County, VA
28 April 2013
Pinkster Flower (Rhododendron periclymenoides) photo: Pinkster_ANP_©DaveSpier_D030033iN
Comes in both pink and almost completely white.
Comes in both pink & almost completely white.
Closeup here. I miss the SW, but I have to admit, the lush Eastern deciduous woods have their charms, especially this time of year. I grew up here, & it's nice coming home to them. Handheld at 1/4 sec (not bad!)
Rhododendron periclymenoides is a species of Rhododendron native to riparian and moist habitats, including swamps. It grows as a shrub and is a popular horticulture plant. Like many members of the genus, the plant contains toxins in all parts of the flower. The common name for the plant is pinxter flower. The flowers have showy pink petals and 2 inch long stamens; they do not carry a scen. The leaves of this shrub are bright green...