Azalea is a member of the Rhododendron genus.
One of the differences between azaleas and the rest of the rhododendron genus is that most azaleas have one flower per flower stem (terminal blooms) while rhododendrons grow their flowers in stripes.
Azalea flowers bloom all at once, in a showy display of a solid mass of color which lasts for a month or two in spring.
Like so many beautiful flowers, some species of Azaleas and Rhododendrons are poisonous to grazing animals and even people have been known to become ill from eating honey made by bees feeding on rhododendron and azalea flowers.
These Rhododendrons have a toxin (called grayanotoxin) in their pollen and nectar.
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