Sunday, January 01, 2006

On Rhododendrons

Rhododendron (from the Greek: rhodos, "rose"; dendron, "tree") is a genus of flowering plants in the family Ericaceae. It is a large genus with over 600 species. They may be either evergreen or deciduous, and most have showy flower displays. It includes the plants known to gardeners as azalea.

The Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal. It is also the state flower of the US states of Washington and West Virginia, and the state of Sikkim in India.

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