A hybrid of Rhododendron indicum Sweet. A dwarf, bushy shrub, to 60cm, with ovate leaves, dark green, paler beneath, and rich rosy red flowers, borne in threes. It is a hybrid raised between Azalea phoenicea and Rhododendron dauricum var. atrovirens by John Menzies, gardener to Christopher Rawson of Halifax in 1832. [MB p.123/1836].
Horticultural & Botanical History
‘The flower large, of a bright violet-purple. It is a second-rate variety. Plant four feet by three.’ [FC p.137/1848]. ‘This is the best of all the purple-coloured. Its form is good, and it makes a fine contrast with the fiery-coloured, whites etc.’ The plant was seen at Kew. [FC p.130/1853].
For more information on Indica Azaleas see Rhododendron indicum Sweet.
History at Camden Park
Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.113/1850].
Published Jun 06, 2009 - 04:57 PM | Last updated Sep 12, 2011 - 03:13 PM