“Tell them dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,
Then beauty is its own excuse for being.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The Rhodora”
Pinkster growing wild in the Bashakill Wetlands, New York, USA. Listed as Exploitably Vulnerable in New York.
Alternate name: Pinxter Flower, Pinxterbloom Azalea Family: Ericaceae, Heath
Rhododendron periclymenoides, also called Pinxterflower or pinxterbloom, is a deciduous shrub native to the eastern United States. Flowers appear before the leaves expand. It ranges from New Hampshire to Georgia and Alabama and are relatively frequent though widely scattered along streams, in deciduous forests and woodlands. The ranges of Mountain Azalea (R. canescens) and Woolly Azalea (R. prinophyllum) overlap with the range of this species.
Habitat is Swamps (fresh & salt), Watersides (fresh).
Range is Great Lakes, New England, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic.