Clusters of shell pink colored, open, somewhat flattened flowers with deeper colored throats bloom in late April before this plant's foliage emerges. This easy to grow plant thrives in moist, shaded areas and is a favorite of native insects and butterflies for its ample supply of nectar.
Thrives in moist, wet soils
Early spring nectar source for native insects
Lush foliage makes for good nesting and cover for birds
Late April bloom lights up the woodland landscape
Superb for grouping and naturalizing
Striking red fall foliage
Moist, shaded, wooded areas of Massachusetts and North Carolina
Pinkshell Azalea is endangered in the wild. The primary threats comes from over development and bog drainage that results in total destruction of their natural habitats.
One of the hardy American rhododendrons, very shade tolerant, also tolerant of soil compaction, poor drainage, and floods. It demands wet to moist growing conditions and strongly to moderately acid soil reaction. However, once established, pinkshell azalea can tolerate a wide variety of conditions and even survive droughts.