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Mock Azalea
Menziesia ferruginea
About Mock Azalea (Menziesia ferruginea) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Menziesia ferruginea is a species of flowering plant in the heath family known by several common names, including rusty menziesia, false huckleberry, and mock azalea. It is native to northwestern North America from Alaska through the Pacific Northwest to Wyoming, where it is a member of the flora in mountain forests. It grows in the understory of subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa), Pacific silver fir (A. amabilis), western redcedar (Thuja plicata), western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla), and other conifers. The plant prefers cold, wet, densely vegetated areas where it can grow in deep shade. This is a mostly erect or spreading shrub often exceeding 3 meters in height, reaching shorter maximum heights at higher elevations. Its branches are coated in thin, scaly, shreddy bark and its twigs with fine hairy hairs. The alternately arranged deciduous leaves are oval in shape with pointed tips, reaching 4 to 6 centimeters long. The leaves are hairy, hairy, and sticky in texture, and have an unpleasant skunklike odor when crushed. The flower cluster is a loose cluster of hanging bell- or cup-shaped flowers in shades of pink to orange to yellow-green. The flower has 4 to 5 petals which are mostly fused into a cylinder, and eight stamens inside. The fruit is a valved capsule under a centimeter long which contains many seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

9.8 - 13 ft tall

Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, Yellow, Orange, Green

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 2 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Shade, Part Shade

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 4*, 5*, 6, 15, 16, 17

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 42.8" - 81.5", Summer Precipitation: 1.18" - 2.28", Coldest Month: 42.4" - 47.0", Hottest Month: 57.0" - 66.7", Humidity: 0.26" - 13.03", Elevation: 11" - 1311"

Alternative Names
Common Names: False Huckleberry, Rusty Menziesia

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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