Rhododendron blooming in my yard. The name “rhododendron” comes from the ancient Greek for “rose tree.”

The rhododendron in my yard is a commercial hybrid, but wild rhododendron occurs throughout all of the Appalachian mountains. Great rhododendron, rhododendron maximum, is the state flower of West Virginia! The rhododendron in the second photo ia growing wild at Cooper’s Rock two summers ago.