Rhododendron indicum ‘Robusta’
A cultivar of Rhododendron indicum Sweet. ‘A bright rosy-red; showy, and large flowers.’ [FC p.137/1848].
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.114/1850]. Obtained from Kew Gardens, brought out from England by Captain P. P. King in 1849. In the confirmatory list sent by Macarthur to King it is marked with a ‘o’, meaning new to the colony. [ML A1980-3].
Azalea hybridae-belgicae robusta is listed in both the 1830 and 1836 editions of Loddiges’ Nursery catalogue, copies of which are held at Camden Park. I have found no other reference to this variety and it is unlikely to be Macarthur's plant.
Published Jun 07, 2009 - 04:22 PM | Last updated Sep 12, 2011 - 02:21 PM