Rhododendron calendulacea Lee’s ‘Triumphans’

A cultivar of Rhododendron calendulaceum (Michx.) Torr.  Azalea triumphans was exhibited by Mr. Green, gardener to Sir E. Antrobus: ‘A pretty rosy blush, with dark crimson spots and blotch on the upper part.  It is a first rate variety. Flowers large, and the plant four feet by four feet.’


Horticultural & Botanical History

Macarthur’s Azalea triumphans is probably ‘that Azalea calendulacea which is known as Lee’s triumphans.’  [BR f.1366/1830].  This plant was described in the context of the history of Highclere azaleas.  [See Rhododendrum calendulaceum (Michx.) Torr. var. cuprea for further details].  A list of recommended hardy azaleas in The Gardeners Chronicle included ‘Triumphans’.  [Gard. Chron. 1849, 1850].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.124/1845].


But see also Azalea indicum ‘Triumphans’, another possibility for this plant.

Published Jun 08, 2009 - 03:26 PM | Last updated Sep 11, 2011 - 04:20 PM

More details about Rhododendron calendulacea Lee’s ‘Triumphans’
Family Ericaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

  • Azalea Lee’s ‘Triumphans Hort.


Common Name

Azalea Lee’s ‘Triumphans’

Name in the Camden Park Record

Azalea triumphans 

Confidence level medium