#6: Piedmont Azalea (Rhododendron canescens)
says, "The Sweet Pinxter Azalea is a perennial Florida native, attaining heights to 12 feet. Habitat for this beautiful shrub is in the northern range of the state, growing in the dappled shade of moist woodlands, along stream banks and in swamp margins.
Rhododendron canescens bursts into flower in early spring, starting before the leaves emerge. The fragrant, showy flowers are borne in 4 to 8 inch round clusters, with several 2 to 3 inch long pink to pinkish-white flowers. Each flower has five wavy petals forming a tube, and broadly flaring at the mouth. The very long pistils and stamens curve upward, protruding from the tube well out beyond the petals. Fruit of the Sweet Pinxter Azalea is a hairy, reddish-brown cylindrical pod approximately 1/2 to 3/4 inch in length.
Rhododendron canescens ("Sweet Pinxter Azalea") along with Rhododendron austrinum ("Orange Azalea"/"Florida Flame Azalea") are among five Rhododendron species found in Florida and are the two most well known."