White Azalea Cluster
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Azaleas bloom in spring in the Northern hemisphere and in winter in the Southern hemisphere, their flowers often lasting several weeks. In addition to being renowned for its beauty, the Azalea is also highly toxic--it contains andromedotoxins in both its leaves and nectar, including honey from the nectar.
The Azalea and Rhododendron were once so infamous for their toxicity that to receive a bouquet of their flowers in a black vase was a well-known death threat.
In Chinese culture, the azalea is known as "thinking of home bush" . For me, azaleas are home, offering rich vibrant colors to my early spring garden.
May 5th, 2013
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