Rhododendron indicum ‘Triumphans’
Probably a cultivar of Rhododendron indicum Sweet. An Indian Azalea of this name was offered for sale in The Gardeners Chronicle by William Barnes of Camberwell in 1860. [Gard. Chron. 1860]. This was possibly Smith’s ‘Triumphans’, described as a ‘fine rose, upper part crimson and spotted, fine formed flower.’ Presumably raised by Mr. Smith of Norbiton, breeder of many fine azaleas. [FC p.166/1839].
Horticultural & Botanical History
For more information on Indica Azaleas see Rhododendron indicum Sweet.
History at Camden Park
Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.119/1845]. Desideratum to Loddiges’ Nursery, 13th February, 1848 [MP A2933-1, p.172]. It seems likely that triumphans was received as it is not amongst those notated ‘died’.
It is possible that Macarthur’s Azalea Indica triumphans is a variety or hybrid of Rhododendron calendulaceum. See Rhododendron calendulaceum (Michx.) Torr. var. Lee’s ‘Triumphans’ for further details.
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