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Before women had the right to suffrage, they chose the coast
rhododendron to be Washington’s state flower. This happened in 1892.
This flower was actually chosen out of six plants as part of an effort
to select something to enter in the 1893 World’s fair in Chicago.
Although the women during that time were not yet allowed to vote for
political officials, they were able to vote for this Washington
indigenous flower, popularly called the “rhodie” and give it the status
of state flower.
The plant is actually a shrub that grows up to 9 meters tall. There are
different varieties of flowers and this is exhibited by the different
colors of the petals. However, the most commonly-occurring color among
this Washington indigenous flower is pink. The flowers are also
characterized by having 5 lobes on the corolla.
Rhododendrons typically grow on natural habitats that have experienced
one form or another of disturbance. Some samples of this Washington
indigenous flower have been observed growing in roadside embankments and
deforested areas. In fact some have even been observed to grow in areas
which have been razed with fire.
Actually, a lot of people have planted this Washington indigenous flower
in order to help rehabilitate disturbed habitats. The Coast Rhododendron
may actually help keep the topsoil of a recently disturbed habitat and
prevent soil erosion.
If you are looking to cultivate this Washington indigenous flower, you
are in for a challenge. This plant is actually pretty hard to take care
of, as it can easily die of over watering. However, if you don’t feed it
enough, it will look like a complete mess. Because of this, a lot of
people interested in ornamental horticulture have passed on the Coast
Rhododendron for other species.
The flowers of the Coast rhododendron are also less impressive than
other varieties. This is just another reason why people don’t really
like to cultivate this Washington indigenous flower. However, if you are
up for a horticultural challenge, you might want to try it.
What you need to know about cultivating this Washington indigenous
flower is the fact that it has shallow roots. This means you need the
right type of soil. Usually, loamy soil will allow the roots to
penetrate deeper into the ground. This is especially so if the plant is
well-aerated. As said before, care must be taken in watering the plants
as they can easily die from too much or too little water.
Rhododendrons are typically capable of nutrient uptake even in
environments where there is a noticeable lack of plant nutrients. This
is one of the reasons why so many can be found in recently disturbed
habitats. Although the rhododendron does produce fruit and seeds, they
commonly grow from rootstock. Truly, this Washington indigenous flower
is a very interesting study.
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