Rhododendron calendulacea Lee’s ‘Triumphans’
A cultivar of Rhododendron calendulaceum (Michx.) Torr. Azalea triumphans was exhibited by Mr. Green, gardener to Sir E. Antrobus: ‘A pretty rosy blush, with dark crimson spots and blotch on the upper part. It is a first rate variety. Flowers large, and the plant four feet by four feet.’
Horticultural & Botanical History
Macarthur’s Azalea triumphans is probably ‘that Azalea calendulacea which is known as Lee’s triumphans.’ [BR f.1366/1830]. This plant was described in the context of the history of Highclere azaleas. [See Rhododendrum calendulaceum (Michx.) Torr. var. cuprea for further details]. A list of recommended hardy azaleas in The Gardeners Chronicle included ‘Triumphans’. [Gard. Chron. 1849, 1850].
History at Camden Park
Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.124/1845].
But see also Azalea indicum ‘Triumphans’, another possibility for this plant.
Published Jun 08, 2009 - 03:26 PM | Last updated Sep 11, 2011 - 04:20 PM