For a long time, I didn't know what it was. I learned of its cousin Rhododendron in Virginia and North Carolina, where I discovered the joy of hiking amidst glorious blossoms in early spring. And yet this simple beauty was always up here, quietly waiting in the shade. First appearing like popcorn tossed among the greenery, but upon closer inspection: buds of cake frosting that open to reveal delicate stars. 

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AuthorCarrie Wiser