Rhododendron ponticum L. var. album

See Rhododendron ponticum L. for details of the species.  White flowered forms occasionally occur naturally.  [RHSD].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘It seems to be rare.  I have not seen it.’  [Millais].  The variety album superbum is figured in the Floricultural Cabinet, described as white, shaded at the margin with a tinge of blush, spotted with green.  A very prolific bloomer.  [FC p.200, 1843].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.827/1843].  Rhododendron ponticum album is listed in the 1836 edition of Loddiges’ Nursery catalogue, a copy of which is held and Camden Park [CPA], and marked with a ‘c’ in this copy, indicating grown at Camden.


Published Jun 19, 2009 - 01:56 PM | Last updated Sep 06, 2011 - 05:14 PM

More details about Rhododendron ponticum L. var. album
Family Ericaceae
Region of origin

Widely distributed around the Mediterranean, but probably originally from the Asian mountains and the Caucasus.  [Millais].

Common Name

White Common Rhododendron

Name in the Camden Park Record

Rhododendron Ponticum album 

Confidence level high