Answer: Unfortunately, based on your description it is a bit difficult to guess as to the indentity of the plant. There are many types of azaleas and rhododendrons. There are low growing and spreading varieties of azalea, so it may be one of those. It might also be the remnant of some larger variety of rhododendron, perhaps a plant that had suffered some top damage so that only the lowest branches remain. This could account for a different shape with a similar but larger flower. You might consult with your county extension (696-3500) to see if they can identify it for you -- and since you like it, maybe once you know what it is you can propagate it so you can have more. I'm sorry I can't be more helpful.
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