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Plant Details

Rhododendron pilosum [= Menziesia pilosa]

Minniebush, Hairy Minnie-bush

Scientific Name:

Rhododendron pilosum [= Menziesia pilosa]

Common Name:

Minniebush, Hairy Minnie-bush

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

greenish white shading to reddish pink

Size in Feet:

6 - 9

Bloom Time:

May - June - July

Bloom Area:

Piedmont, Mountains

Habitat Description:

Heath balds, bogs, rocky summits, and rocky woodlands, mostly at high elevations. A Southern and Central Appalachian endemic (Weakley 2015). Uncommon in NC Mountains, rare in Piedmont.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

"The leaves of this species have an unusual white tip, making them easily recognizable to this taxon." Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Flower

Minniebush is found on heath balds, in bogs and rocky woodlands in the western part of the state. It is a Southern and Central Appalachian endemic.

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Paynter, June 2011

Developing fruit

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Leaves

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Close-up of leaf

When not in bloom, the prominent mucronate tip and the bundled hairs on the midrib of the leaf's underside help separate this species from the Rhododendrons.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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