Often called "royalty of the garden",
azaleas have enjoyed a particularly
robust and colorful Spring
in the St. Louis area,
due to our mild above average weather.
Azaleas are now known as a sub-species
of rhododendrums, and can be propogated by cuttings.
(You simply cut a 6-12" stem at the end,
insert into moist soil or potting mix,
and VOILA. An exact clone is now growing.)