Date Posted: May 27, 2016
Another great Florida native for shady landscapes is swamp azalea (Rhododendron viscosum). Its beautiful blooms are sweetly fragrant and attract many pollinators, including hummingbirds. It occurs naturally in wet flatwoods, seep and bay swamps and along lake margins.
The genus Rhododendron comes from the Greek rhodon, or “rose,” and dendron, or “tree.” The species viscosum refers to the viscous glands that occur on the flower tube.
This photo was taken by Stacey Matrazzo in the Ocala National Forest.
Learn more about Florida's only white-flowering and summer-blooming azalea on our blog.
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