Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Hoary Azalea
Rhododendron canescens
Family: Ericaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1

Savannas and moist woods on the coastal plain, swamp forests and stream banks.

Species Description:

Flowering Period: Early March to mid May.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Species occurs in moist to wet woods of the Coastal Plain. Leaves are thin, ciliate and do not appear evergreen. The flowers are usually pink sometimes white and they appear before or with the leaves in early spring. The corolla lobes are shorter than the tube.

Avoid changes in moisture/hydrologic conditions at the site. Changes could result from overstory removal, stream/wetland alteration or vegetation removal that would result in increased erosion. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed. Avoid creating access to the site through trail or road construction.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Data last updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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