Rhododendron ‘Rawsonii’

A hybrid of Rhododendron indicum Sweet. A dwarf, bushy shrub, to 60cm, with ovate leaves, dark green, paler beneath, and rich rosy red flowers, borne in threes.  It is a hybrid raised between Azalea phoenicea and Rhododendron dauricum var. atrovirens by John Menzies, gardener to Christopher Rawson of Halifax in 1832.  [MB p.123/1836].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘The flower large, of a bright violet-purple.  It is a second-rate variety.  Plant four feet by three.’  [FC p.137/1848].  ‘This is the best of all the purple-coloured.  Its form is good, and it makes a fine contrast with the fiery-coloured, whites etc.’  The plant was seen at Kew.  [FC p.130/1853].

For more information on Indica Azaleas see Rhododendron indicum Sweet.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.113/1850].


Published Jun 06, 2009 - 04:57 PM | Last updated Sep 12, 2011 - 03:13 PM

Figured is an Indica azalea with large, bright red single flowers.  Paxton's Magazine of Botany p.123, 1836.

Rhododendron ‘Rawsonii’ | MB p.123/1836 | RBGS


More details about Rhododendron ‘Rawsonii’
Family Ericaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

  • Azalea rawsonii Hort.


Common Name

Indica Azalea

Name in the Camden Park Record

Azalea Indica Rawsonii 


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