Swamp Azalea; Clammy Azalea
Rhododendron viscosum /Heath Family
These wild azalea flowers have a very strong, sweet fragrance. They are also quite sticky (thus the name "viscosum") as I learned when I removed some loose, brown, wilted flower petals for this photograph! All parts of azaleas are deadly poisonous to people.
Where seen: Piney River Pocket Wilderness, Great Smoky Mountains NP