Common Name: Varnadoe’s Phlox Pink Piedmont Azalaea
Botanical Name: Rhododendron canescens ‘Varnadoe Phlox Pink’
Bloom Time: April, May
Bloom Description: Dense clusters of bright and light pink flowers appear in mid-spring and fill the air with a spicy aroma. The flowers are tubular with elongated stamens emerging from the centers. This is a more drought and heat tolerant selection of Piedmont Azalea.
Trail/Garden Location: Seen along the North Lawn and Art Trail.
Garden Uses: It is best used as a specimen shrub in a woodland garden or planted in small groupings to brighten up a shade garden. They can naturalize an area, so give some breathing room.
Wildlife Benefits: Used as a source of nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies.
Leaf Type: Dark green, elliptical leaves emerge after flowering.