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Rhododendron indicum Sweet var. rosea superba

I have found no specific description of rosea superba but see Notes.

Horticultural & Botanical History

For more information on Indica Azaleas see Rhododendron indicum Sweet.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.100/1857].


Azalea indica var. plena, the ‘Double rose-coloured Indian Azalea’ was figured in Curtis’s Botanical Magazine in 1824, among the first double azaleas to be illustrated in a British journal: ‘Of the numerous varieties of this beautiful shrub recorded by Kaempfer, as occurring in Japan, only one is mentioned as being double, and that only with two Corollas one within another.  In the one here represented, the Stamens were all obliterated, being converted into petals.  The flowers are more numerous than in the variety before given, but rather smaller, the leaves are smaller and more hairy.  It seems to be one of those which, when full grown, are described as appearing entirely covered at the upper part with blossoms.  So much attention has been of late paid to the importation of curious plants from China, that we can hardly fail of receiving more of the varieties of this beautiful shrub from that country, and when once imported they are not difficult to propagate by layers.’  This plant was imported by Brookes from China in 1819.  [BM t.2509/1824].  It is probably similar to, if not identical with rosea superba for which I have found no specific description.

Published Jun 04, 2009 - 04:30 PM | Last updated Jul 18, 2010 - 12:55 PM

Illustrated is an azalea with pink, very double flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2509, 1824.

Rhododendron indicum Sweet var. plena, probably very similar to rosea superba | BM t.2509/1824 | BHL

Family Ericaceae
Region of origin

Probably China

  • Azalea indica rosea superba Hort. 
Common Name

Indica Azalea

Name in the Camden Park Record

Azalea Indica rosea superba 

Confidence level low