Rhododendron periclymenoides


R. periclymenoides (synonymous with R. nudiflorum is the common Pinxterbloom Azalea found in the lower Appalacian Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal Plains from Massachusetts to north Georgia and Alabama. The white to pink flowers open in mid spring as the foliage is expanding, are they slightly fragrant. The blossoms measure approximately 1 to 1.5 inches across and the stamens are more than twice the length of the corolla tube.

Discovered by the Rev. John Banister and introduced to England in 1734, this species is often confused with R. canescens. In addition to differences in the natural range of the two species, R. periclymenoides can be distinguised by its flower tubes which are typically fuzzy or pubescent but do not have sticky glandular hairs on the back.

Distribution Map

Plants in the Wild


Franklin Co., VA

Petersburg, VA

Bedford Co., VA

Surry Co., VA

Variations in Flower Form


Gloucester, VA

Gloucester, VA

Bedford Co., VA

Howard Co., MD
The images presented here are reproduced with permission from color slides taken by the Species Study Group of the Middle Atlantic Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. The slides are numbered, and correspond to the sequence used in the program Eastern Native Azalea Species presented by George K. McLellan at the East Coast Regional Conference of the ARS in November 1999.


East Coast Native Azaleas
R. vaseyi
R. canadense
R. canescens
R. austrinum
R. flammeum
R. periclymenoides
R. alabamense
R. atlanticum
R. calendulaceum
R. prinophyllum
R. viscosum
R. arborescens
R. cumberlandense
R. prunifolium
R. eastmanii

Identifying the Native Azaleas