Rhododendron nudiflorum ‘Incarnata Maxima’
Treated here as a cultivar of Rhododendron nudiflorum Torr. but may be naturally occurring. Sweet describes the flowers of Azalea nudiflora incarnata as flesh coloured. [HB p.265/1826 quoted in Wilson and Rehder p.199].
Horticultural & Botanical History
For details of the species see Rhododendron nudiflorum ‘Coccinea Major’. Wilson and Rehder include Azalea nudiflora incarnata Sweet among doubtful names but I have found no direct reference to Azalea incarnata maxima.
History at Camden Park
Desideratum to Loddiges’ Nursery on 16th April 1846 [MP A2933-1, p.147]. Azalea nudiflora incarnata is listed in both the 1830 and 1836 editions of Loddiges’ Nursery catalogue, copies of which are held at Camden Park. Macarthur had mixed fortunes with plants received from Loddiges’ and elsewhere at this time and many were dead on arrival. Some of these are listed in a subsequent letter but it is possible that others arrived alive and were planted in the gardens although never listed in the catalogues.
Published Jun 18, 2009 - 01:05 PM | Last updated Sep 09, 2011 - 02:30 PM