Extreme Upland Plant
Between May and July, before the heather steals the show, the flowers on this plant are incredible. Its not just their colour but the fact that they are often in the most exposed, desolate and soul-sapping sections of a ride.
It is a really tough plant. It lives even within the Arctic Circle.  It prefers gravelly soils, positions exposed to wind, and lacking an insulating cover of snow in the winter. It is adapted to temperatures down to -40 C. 
A nice feature is that it has a very deep winter dormancy so that it does not get caught out by a warm day in early spring. So when the Creeping Azalea is out, summer is here!
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