Rhododendron catawbiense ‘Purpureum Grandiflorum’
Treated here as a cultivar of Rhododendron catawbiense Michaux. It is an evergreen shrub with shiny leaves, to 12cm, and bell-shaped, lilac-purple flowers, to 6cm across, in spring. To 6m. [Hilliers', Hortus]. Probably a hybrid.
Horticultural & Botanical History
Millais noted that Rhododendron catawbiense var. grandiflorum was cultivated by ‘continental nurserymen’ and has larger flowers and foliage.
History at Camden Park
Listed only in an addendum to the 1857 catalogue [A.6/1857].
Azalea purpurea Dum.-Cours. (1811) is apparently an Indica azalea but I have no further information. This is a possible although unlikely identification.
Published Jun 08, 2009 - 03:38 PM | Last updated Sep 11, 2011 - 04:13 PM