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Azalea

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Azalea

Name

Pronounced a-ZAY-lee-a, its genus name is Rhododendron simsii. The name comes from the Greek azaleas meaning dry, but it is not an appropriate name, as modern day azaleas are not related to the original Lapland variety which grow in dry places.

Origin

China and Thailand

Colours

Red, pink, white

Family

Related to garden rhododendrons; but azaleas are not hardy and should be indoors in the winter.

Care tips

Remember to water regularly - with rainwater if you live in a hard water area - as they hate drying out. Dry brown leaves usually indicates underwatering whereas firm yellow leaves means it has been watered with hard water