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Rhodora (Rhododendron canadense)
French name: rhododendron du Canada
General: A common small shrub that covers bogs and other swampy areas with a carpet of purple blossoms, rhodora is a member of the heath family.
Leaves & Twigs: The shrubs are a tangle of grey-shaded branches and twigs, except for a rare green variety in parts of Nova Scotia. The small hairy leaves unfold in June.
Flowers & Fruit: The deep purple flowers occur in clusters of two-to-three flowers, and appear before the leaves. Flowers have rose-purple petals and long stamens. In the Atlantic provinces, there is also a very rare form with white flowers.
Habitat: Prefers bogs and swampy areas.
Sampling: Tag a typical shrub for observation.