In late April, azaleas are in full bloom in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding area. They come in various colors, such as pink and white. This is the time of year when it is best to teach preschoolers to identify azaleas.
It is important that preschoolers can identify azaleas because they can be toxic to cats and dogs, if ingested, according to the Pet Poison Helpline. Preschoolers should learn never to give a cat or dog an azalea to eat. On the other hand, butterflies seem to love their nectar and birds seem to love nesting in azaleas. Preschoolers should also learn to use caution around azaleas, as they tend to attract bees, which can sting if disturbed.
The best way to teach a child how to identify an azalea bush is to show the child a live azalea bush with the flowers in bloom. According to The Garden Helper, “All Azaleas are members of the Rhododendron family”. Some are “low growing”, under two feet, and some “can grow as tall as twelve feet.”