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Pink ladies

March 08, 2017 2:00 PM
Photos by Paula Burch-Celentano pburch@tulane.edu

Indica azaleas, in full bloom thanks to an early spring, have the uptown campus awash in shades of pink and magenta. 

The flowering shrubs, which are part of the rhododendron family, tend to bloom towards the end of March and into April, but warm weather can prompt an early start.
While somewhat ubiquitous in the southeastern United States, Indica azaleas are actually native to Japan and were first seen in southern gardens in the 1800s.