Flame Azalea Facts
- The truly quite mesmerizing Flame Azalea remains famous among Nature lovers for its wonderful large, showy, funnel-shaped flowers.
- The flowers of this astonishingly lovely plant from North America also actually develop almost completely without fragrance.
- Further, its beautifully colored blooms sometimes appear either before the leaves do, or simultaneously with the leaves and the flowers.
- Given that the flowers may appear as either of multiple shades of red and orange, this species remains extensively common as an ornamental.
- Honey produced by bees from these beautiful but dangerous plants may be fatal. That’s a good example of a deadly beauty.
Flame Azalea Physical Description
The Flame Azalea represents a rather beautiful and toxic upright-branched deciduous shrub which can grow to heights of up to 12 ft (3.65).
Individual plants also often measure as much in width as they do in height, making for a rather impressive appearance.
The foliage appears as dark green, while the flowers vary in color across a range of shades of orange and red.
Its numerous flowers typically develop in clusters of five or more.
Species: R. calendulaceum
Flame Azalea Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
The plant evolved as native to a rather particular specific region of the United States – the southern portions of the Appalachian Mountains. There it forms striking displays on some of the grassy balds of the region.
Somewhat less commonly it appears in areas of woodland.
Like most members of the heath family, this amazing beauty grows most prolifically in acidic soil. Also, the plant appears to be a particular favorite of the bumblebee.
As with other related species, the plant contains highly toxic chemicals which are present in all parts of the plant.
The toxins are detrimental to both humans and animals.