The mountain azalea is common to the coastal plains and piedmont regions of the American Southeast. Thus, its common name may be a little misleading. The sweet fragrance of its flowers has also led it to be called the Honeysuckle Azalea. The long trumpet form of the Azalea flower is compatible with the shape of the proboscis and therefore is a popular source of nectar for many bee, butterfly, and Hummingbird species. Honey produced from these flowers can be toxic to humans.
Warning: Rhododendrons contain poisonous substances, and all parts are highly toxic and may be fatal if eaten, with the principal toxin being an Andromedotoxin (Poisonous Plants of N.C.).