Rhododendron maximus has a fluted vase of a flower, with five white petals, slightly cupped, blushed with light bright pink edges. One petal is slightly longer than the others, always positioned at the top of each perfect flower, and adorned with two patches of small green spots highlighted in yellow. Come hither stamens curve beseechingly toward the top of the flower, toward those yellow highlights. They hold the just-right amount of pollen to dust the hairy legs of browsing bumblebees. The ground beneath the plant is littered with old stamens, used and discarded, while that pert little pistil in the center of the flower grows strong and full of seed. The flower itself detaches and slides off the pistil, landing upright. Rhododendron flowers falling into water float away like sturdy little rubber rafts.~K




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