Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Rhododendron viscosum flowering in August in Fern Valley

I walked in to see if this fragrant native Rhododendron was flowering and it was. It flowers in July and/or August every year. And it's fragrant. The plant isn't the most beautiful; it's just over 2 M high, vase-shaped and loosely open. Still, it's flowering in the middle of August and it's spicily fragrant. At this time of year we can't be too choosey about our fragrant shrubs. Every year at the Lahr Symposium Plant Sale I look for it among the vendors, but so far no luck. Maybe next year.

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