|Catawba Rhododenron - Rhododendron catawbienese|
The flowering rhododendrons make excellent habitats for wildlife. The flower nectar and the year-round cover are two of the most important reasons why. So, if you want to provide some wildlife habitats for many species of birds and small mammals, plant some native rhododendrons. These rhododendrons grow the best at over 3,500 feet in elevation. This small tree or shrub likes to live on rocky slopes and ridges, as well as naturally treeless areas called heath balds.
The Asheville Botanical Gardens, Roan Mtn. in Tennessee, The Great Smokey Mtn. National Park, and Mt. Pisgah and Craggy Gardens on the Blue Ridge Parkway are some of my favorite places for seeing these incredible flowers during May and June.