Rhododendron calendulaceum ‘Aurantiaca Variegata’
Probably a cultivar of Rhododendron calendulaceum (Michx.) Torr. and treated as such here. Azalea aurantiaca Dietr. is a synonym of Rhododendron calendulaceum and this may be a form, possibly naturally occurring, with variegated flowers or leaves.
Horticultural & Botanical History
According to The Gardeners Chronicle of 1849, azaleas considered hardy in England included ‘Aurantica maxima’. [Gard. Chron. 1849]. Knight and Perry introduced an azalea called ‘Aurantica Superba’, synonym ‘Aurantica Splendida’, before 1845. It had vivid red flowers. These are probably all forms of Rhododendron calendulaceum. A variegated form does not seem to have been recorded. [Galle].
History at Camden Park
Listed only in an addendum to the 1857 catalogue [A.2/1857].
Published Jun 08, 2009 - 01:16 PM | Last updated Sep 11, 2011 - 04:37 PM