Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Carolina Rhododendron (Carolina Azalea) (Rhododendron carolinianum): Images

Date Location Notes Images
April 27, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire I hope I got this identification right. Most Rhododendron plants bloom in the late Spring. But Carolina Rhododendron is an early bloomer and combined with a very hot early Spring in New England, it is flowering in April. The large pink flower matches what I have seen online.

The Carolina Rhododendron is one of two Rhododendrons in New England that have scales on the back of the leaf. See closeup picture to the right. The other is the Lapland Rosebay (Rhododendron lapponicum) found on alpine ridge and plateaus and which grows to only 4-12 inches in height and has smaller flowers.