Azalea & Rhododendron Blossoms Gallery
'Mount Saint Helens'
This deciduous azalea is only tentatively identified as 'Mount St. Helens.'
Its blooms are scarsely the same color from year to year, & it was
obtained without a label. This May photo is from (I think) 2002,
showing it a dark, dark, dark pink, though when the blooms
first opened the orange dorsal spot was more prominant.
In May 2004 the flowers were much paler & the orange dorsal
was subdued; in 2003 by contrast the orange dorsal was so large &
bright it scrasely seemed like the same shrub. Why the bloom is
so variable year to year I cannot begin to guess.
This is a different azalea growing a few houses down in a neighbor's yard.
I photographed it in May 2004. This too is a hybrid, but the color is closer
to the wild Flame Azalea.
For more about this shrub, see the primary
R. 'Mount Saint Helens' Azalea Page
& see the
'Mt Saint Helens' Azalea Page along the Autumn Leaves Garden Walk
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