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Flame or Butterfly Azalea is one of the most spectacular flowering shrubs of the Appalachian Mountains. It has bundles of bright orange flowers end of winter into spring,often fragrant. The leaves turn into different colors in Autumn before they fall.
Harvest mature, dried and opened seed pods.
Combine seeds loosely with sphagnum moss and sprinkle lightly over a 2:1 perlite/peat mixture. Germinate under mist or a plastic tent to keep humid.
Root semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or autumn.
Layer in autumn. Place a low growing branch on the soil and cover with soil or a rock. Allow roots to develop over the winter months and seperate from motherplant when well-developed roots.
Eastern United States of America.
Temperate to Cold
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Red, Orange, Yellow
Vine weevil, whitefly, leafhoppers, lacebugs, scale, caterpillars, aphids. Powdery mildew, rust, bud blast, leaf gall, petal blight, root rot, and chlorosis (due to insufficient soil acid).