This is a native plant and naturally
used as an ornamental locally and other places, as
long as its placed in its favorite acid soil. There
is some discussion that it actually might be an
escapee plant from records in the 1700's.
The moniker of flame comes from not only the
bright color of these flowers, but if you catch
them early enough in the season the unopened buds
can look like orange-red candles.
I've seen one or two of these plants actually
blooming as late as mid-July ('99), but don't wait
that long to get a picture of one of these striking
I can't find much on azalea use among the
indians - perhaps they only planted them in dense
clusters around their brick teepees and clay-fired