We went on down the brook - Melvin and I and his dog, - and crossed the river in his boat, and he conducted me to where the Azalea nudiflora grew, -
Azalea nudiflora, - purple azalea, pinxter-flower - but Gray and Bigelow say nothing about its clamminess. It is a conspicuously beautiful flowering shrub, with the sweet fragrance of the common swamp-pink, but the flowers are larger and, in this case, a fine lively rosy pink, not so clammy as the other, and, being earlier, it is free from the insects which often infest and spoil the first, though I find a very few little flies on them. With a broader, somewhat downy pale-green leaf. Growing in the shade of large wood, like the laurel. The flowers, being in naked umbels, are much the more conspicuous. (The Viola debilis by the brook, near the azalea. ) It is a flower with the fragrance of the swamp[-pink], without its extreme clamminess and consequent insects, and with a high and beautiful color and larger segments to the corolla, with very much exserted stamens and pistil. Eaton says the nudiflora is “not viscous;” names half a dozen varieties and among them A. partita (flesh-colored flowers, 5-parted to the base), but then this is viscous. And it cannot be his species A. nitida, with glabrous and shining and small leaves. It must be an undescribed variety - a viscous one - of A. nudiflora.