Rhododendron indicum ‘Coccineum’
Probably a cultivar of Rhododendron indicum Sweet, it is a low, spreading shrub with large, late flowering, single, scarlet-red flowers. [Millais]. A. indica coccinea superba is listed as a good garden variety by later editions of Paxton's Dictionary, but indica coccinea is not included.
Horticultural & Botanical History
For more information on Indica Azaleas see Rhododendron indicum Sweet.
History at Camden Park
Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.107/1850]. Azalea indica coccinea is listed in the 1836 edition of Loddiges’ Nursery catalogue, a copy of which is held at Camden Park [CPA]. This is the likely source.
Galle describes a variety ‘Coccinea’, synonym ‘Amoena coccinea’, introduced by Robert Fortune from Shanghai about 1850. A sport of amoena it has vivid red hose-in-hose flowers, and tends to revert to the single amoena form. It is not likely to be Macarthur’s plant.
Published Jun 05, 2009 - 05:16 PM | Last updated Sep 12, 2011 - 04:35 PM