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Flowering Azalea shrubs-Azalea close-up photo

Another beautiful flowering shrub in spring valued as ornamental plants in landscaping is the Azalea.
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.
White Azalea close-up
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.
Pink Azalea
Pink and red Azalea shrub
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Unknown said...

Beautiful photographs Maia. The macros and the blooming bush.

DeniseinVA said...

Outstanding macro shots. Beautiful azaleas! Thank you for sharing.

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