Pieris japonica • Andromeda, Lily of the Valley Shrub

Pieris  • Andromeda, Lily of the Valley Shrub  • アセビ  • 馬酔木  • asebi

We have many of those in SJG and they are blooming right now, easily recognizable by their elegant shape and small, cascading white bloom clusters, which indeed resemble lily of the valley flowers.

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SJG • 3/20/13 – Pieris japonica • Andromeda, Lily of the Valley Shrub, Area W, in Tea House Garden

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SJG • 3/20/13 – Pieris japonica • Andromeda, Lily of the Valley Shrub, Area W, FLOWERS

From wikipediaPieris japonica (Japanese andromeda) is a plant in the heath family, Ericaceae. It is native to eastern China, Taiwan, and Japan where it grows in mountain thickets. […] 

Pieris japonica is a shrub or a small tree (1–4 metres or 3.3–13 feet tall, occasionally up to 10 metres) with alternate, simple leaves on brittle stems. The flowers are white and borne in early spring. The plant is poisonous if consumed by people or animals.
The name “andromeda” originated from an earlier genus name for the plant. […]

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SJG • 4/1/13 – Pieris japonica • Andromeda, Lily of the Valley Shrub: the striking red new leaf growth in spring is often confused for flowers, as the real flowers gradually recede from view

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