Azalea Plants

Written by Charles Peacock
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Azalea plants are known as "the royalty of the garden," and if you see one you will know why. Their majesty and color sets them apart from other flowers; they can brighten any room and any spirit. They are a wonderful way to spruce up your home, and they make fantastic gifts.

About Azalea Plants

Azalea plants are part of the genus Rhododendron. They are usually classified as being either "species" or "hybrid," referring (respectively) to the naturally occurring species, or the hybrid varieties. People have been hybridizing azaleas for hundreds of years, and the result is that around 10,000 different plants are currently classified as azalea plants.

North American azalea plants (also called "native azaleas") are deciduous plants. This means that they drop their leaves in the fall. The flowers have a wide range of colors, from white to purple, pink, red, orange and yellow. Evergreen azaleas (from Japan) have flowers with all of these colors except yellow.

Azaleas are cheery looking plants with dark green leaves and soft, round flowers on top. They can range in height from under a foot to over 10 feet, depending on the variety and how it is cared for. Most azaleas bloom in May, and their bloom can last anywhere from one to two weeks. In very warm climates, azaleas are also known to bloom twice--once in the spring, and again in the fall.

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