Rhododendron ponticum

Rhododendron ponticum

The rhododendron is probably one of the most remarkable representatives of its family in Bulgaria. It is tertiary relict, remnant of the once abundant vegetation of evergreen plants, which formed the typical landscapes in this part of Europe. Widespread before the Ice Age, it currently survives in Caucasus, the Iberian Peninsula and in the Bulgarian and Turkish part of Strandzha Mountain. During its abundant flowering, which happens in May, it is a truly remarkable sight. It is valued for its ornamental properties and nowadays it may be seen far outside its natural area and in some countries it has become invasive.

Rhododendron ponticum

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