Rhododendron austrinum - Orange Azalea, Florida Flame Azalea
DESCRIPTIONOrange Azalea, Florida Flame Azalea
Florida flame azalea blooms in early spring with blossoms in a range of colors from orange to yellow and often with a touch of red. The fragrance is delightful and will attract hummingbirds and butterflies. This is one of the easiest native azaleas to grow, needs no pampering. Great for southern gardens where heat tolerance is important.
- Fragrant spring flowers in shades of orange and yellow
- Attracts hummingbirds, and butterflies
- Perfect for southern gardens, good heat tolerance
- One of the easiest native azaleas to grow
Found in wooded bluffs and along woodland stream banks.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways while they are perched. These birds have evolved smaller feet to be lighter for more efficient flying.
Ideally, azaleas like morning sun and filtered shade during the hottest part of the day. They can tolerate more sun if moisture is available. They prefer evenly moist yet well-drained soil, making them perfect for a woodland slope where the water would drain well. Rhododendrons and azaleas need slightly acidic soil that is rich in organic matter. Mulching helps keep the soil cool and moist. Prune after flowering if needed.