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Rhododendron indicum Sweet var. danielsii

Azalea Danielsiana is a tender shrub with carmine flowers.  [JD].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced from China in 1830.  [JD].  In 1852 The Gardeners Chronicle commented: ‘The introduction of Azalea indica alba and phoenicea, together with the seedlings raised by the late Mr. Smith of Norbiton, tended still further to recommend the azalea to popular favour; and the appearance of A. variegata, lateritia, Gledstanesii and Danielsiona, completely established its merits’.  [Gard. Chron. 1852].  MB p.129/1834.

For more information on Indica Azaleas see Rhododendron indicum Sweet.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.89/1857].  Desiderataum to Loddiges’ Nursery, 6th January 1845 [MP A2933-2, p.28] and 13th February, 1848 [MP A2933-1, p.172].  It seems likely that Danielsii was received as it is not amongst those notated ‘died’ although.  Iit was requested again 1st February, 1849 [MP A2933-1, p.185].  Azalea indica danielsiana is listed in Loddiges’ Nursery 1836 catalogue, a copy of which is held at Camden Park [CPA].


Published Jun 04, 2009 - 03:08 PM | Last updated Jul 18, 2010 - 12:57 PM

Figured is an Azalea with deep green leaves and single carmine flowers.  Paxton's Magazine of Botany p.129, 1834.

Rhododendron indicum Sweet danielsii | MB p.129/1834 | RBGS

Family Ericaceae
Region of origin


Common Name

Indica Azalea

Name in the Camden Park Record

Azalea Indica Danielsii 

Confidence level high