The Rhododendron is widespread predominantly in the central Alps and the Apennines. It is the most widely recognized flower of the sub-alpine moors and grows in acidic soil, mostly on cool or snow-covered hillsides.
It has an evergreen shrub with twisting branches and can be up to 150 centimeters (5 feet) tall. Its leaves are small, oval, and hairless, dark green on the top and rust-colored on the bottom. Its flowers, gathered in dark pink bunches, have a small calyx with up to 5 sepals.