Rhododendrons are sometimes nicknamed "The King of Shrubs" since they flourish in temperate climates. In fact, many gardeners consider them one of the top best flowering evergreen plants for temperate zones. There are over 1,000 species of rhododendron, many of which are found in Asia, though they are also widespread throughout North America, especially in mountain settings. However, the first formal description of the rhododendron came from a 16th century Fleming botanist, Charles de l'Écluse, who is sometimes credited with discovering the plant after he described a European species.
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