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Kingwood in Preston County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Rhododendron

(Rhododendron spp.)

 
 
Rhododendron Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, July 6, 2022
1. Rhododendron Marker
Inscription.  
Rhododendrons are found in Asia, the Pacific Northwest, California, and the northeastern U.S.

Rhododendron maximum, also called great laurel or rosebay rhododendron, is West Virginia's state flower.

The large flowers grow in clusters that range in color from white to pink, rose, or purple.

All parts of this evergreen shrub are highly toxic if ingested.


(Caption):
Rhododendron flowers and evergreen leaves.
 
Erected by West Virginia University Division of Forestry and Natural Resources.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry.
 
Location. 39° 28.337′ N, 79° 41.203′ W. Marker is in Kingwood, West Virginia, in Preston County. Marker can be reached from East Main Street (West Virginia Route 7) east of North Price Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 E Main St, Kingwood WV 26537, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Restoring the American Chestnut (here, next to this marker); Red Spruce
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(a few steps from this marker); “The Pines” (within shouting distance of this marker); James C. McGrew (within shouting distance of this marker); White Ash (within shouting distance of this marker); Norway maple (within shouting distance of this marker); Price's Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Japanese tigertail spruce (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingwood.
 
Additional commentary.
1. About the rhododendron as the state flower of West Virginia
Not only is the rhododendron the state flower for West Virginia, but it is also visible on the 1929 state flag (the current state flag).
    — Submitted July 8, 2022.
 
Rhododendron Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, July 6, 2022
2. Rhododendron Marker
Rhododendron behind the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 60 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 6, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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