Rhododendron indicum ‘Smithii Coccinea’
A cultivar of Rhododendron indicum Sweet. ‘Bright orange-red, with a purple tinge on the upper segment; good form.’ [FC p.148/1850]. ‘One of the best red Azaleas for early work.’ [Gard. Chron. 1855]. Presumably one of the hybrids raised by Mr. Smith of Norbiton. [See also Rhododendron indicum ‘Danielsii’].
Horticultural & Botanical History
For more information on Indica Azaleas see Rhododendron indicum Sweet.
History at Camden Park
Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.87/1857]. This may be the plant referred to as Azalea indica coccinea in desiderata to Loddiges’ Nursery on 6th January 1845. [MP A2933-2, p.28].
Published Jun 07, 2009 - 09:28 AM | Last updated Sep 12, 2011 - 03:00 PM