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Rhododendron pilosum [= Menziesia pilosa]

Minniebush, Hairy Minnie-bush

Scientific Name:

Rhododendron pilosum [= Menziesia pilosa]

Genus:

Rhododendron

Species Epithet:

pilosum

Common Name:

Minniebush, Hairy Minnie-bush

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Red, Yellow, Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

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.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

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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