Rhododendron calendulaceum /Heath Family
Gregory's Bald, in the Smokies, is "aflame" (pun intended!) with these beautiful flowers in June. It is worth the 11-mile round-trip hike to see them! Flame azaleas can also be pink, white, red, and even mixed colors; some are quite fragrant. All plants in the Rhododendron species are poisonous, the toxin found in them is andromedotoxin, it is poisonous to all domesticated animals. All parts of azaleas are deadly poisonous to people.
Perennial - Shrub
Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Lone Mountain State Forest, Frozen Head SP, Cumberland Trail