Photographer: Kitty Kohout
Rhododendron lapponicum (L.) Wahlenb.
Lapland azalea, Lapland rhododendron, Lapland rosebay
Rhododendron: from the Greek rhodos, "rose," and dendron, "tree"
lapponicum: Latin name for a bur, rough
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 4"-12" tall shrub|
|Flower: ||dark pink to purple, 5-parted, 1/2" wide, bell- to funnel-shaped, 5-10 protruding stamens; inflorescence with a few, stalked flowers in an umbel-like cluster at the ends of the stems; blooms June|
|Leaf:||alternate, evergreen, thick, leathery, elliptical, 1/2" long, densely scaled|
|Habitat: ||shady; moist sandstone cliffs above rivers|