Friday, June 22, 2007

The Great Rhododendron

Maybe not as striking as the Catawba Rhododendron in bloom right now at the Rhododendron Gardens atop Roan Mountain, the Great Rhododendron covers the mountains of Appalachia from Maine to Georgia. Also known as the "Great Laurel," its white to pink blooms have distinctive greenish-yellow markings within them. Often when hiking the AT and other trails this time of year, the fallen blooms line the path. And if you've ever been hiking anywhere around the mountains of TN and NC, you know that it's more like a tree than a shrub, growing up to 25 feet tall and in such density as to make areas impassible.

By the way... The Roan Mountain, TN Rhododendron Festival is this weekend! Click here for information.

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