Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Rhododendron indicum Sweet var. purpurea superba

Azalea purpurea superba is ‘a bright purple, with darker blotch and spots.  The plant was five feet by four.  It is a very distinct and fine variety.’  [FC p.137/1848].  ‘Violet and crimson, with darker blotch and spots.  Very pretty.’  [FC p.256/1848].

Horticultural & Botanical History

For more information on Indica Azaleas see Rhododendron indicum Sweet.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.80/1857].


Published Jun 04, 2009 - 02:44 PM | Last updated Jul 18, 2010 - 12:58 PM

Family Ericaceae
Region of origin

China or Japan.  This variety of garden origin, probably England or Belgium

Common Name

Indica Azalea

Name in the Camden Park Record

Azalea Indica purpurea superba 

Confidence level high