Azalea plants are one of the most popular spring blossoms. This decorative plant is a native of Japan and Belgium and has reached India only in the last couple of years. Even though similar shrubs are found in different parts of Kerala, they are not half as attractive as the Azalea. ‘Indica’, a hybrid variety which grows only to about a foot is the most commonly used variety of azalea plants these days.
The main stem of azalea is petite, while the branches are long. An azalea shrub in full bloom with its vibrant and exotic looking flowers, is a sight to behold. The azalea plants are available in a wide variety of colors, like white, red and even some mixed colors. The flowers of the azalea cover the entire shrub when in full bloom. This is one of the most attractive features of the plant. Although commonly misunderstood to be delicate plants, they are in fact quite hardy and resilient. They do not need any special attention or care.