Rhododendron indicum Sweet var. danielssii amabilis
I have found no specific reference or description for this plant. It is possibly the Ghent [Gandavense] hybrid ‘Amabilis’, with pink and cream flowers with an orange flare. [RHSD]. However, this identification is unlikely as Azalea hybridae-belgicae amabilis is listed in the 1836 edition of the Loddiges’ Nursery catalogue, a copy of which is held at Camden Park. Macarthur is unlikely to have included this amabilis among his indica azaleas.
Horticultural & Botanical History
For more information on Indica Azaleas see Rhododendron indicum Sweet.
History at Camden Park
Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.97/1857]. Amabilis was included among desiderata to Loddiges’ Nursery on 16th April 1846 [MP A2933-1, p.147], although there is no record of it being received. This is likely to be Azalea hybridae-belgicae amabilis.
Published Jun 04, 2009 - 03:34 PM | Last updated Jul 18, 2010 - 12:56 PM