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Rhododendron indicum ‘Smithii Coccinea’

A cultivar of Rhododendron indicum Sweet. ‘Bright orange-red, with a purple tinge on the upper segment; good form.’  [FC p.148/1850].  ‘One of the best red Azaleas for early work.’  [Gard. Chron. 1855].  Presumably one of the hybrids raised by Mr. Smith of Norbiton.  [See also Rhododendron indicum ‘Danielsii’]. 

Horticultural & Botanical History

For more information on Indica Azaleas see Rhododendron indicum Sweet.  

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.87/1857].  This may be the plant referred to as Azalea indica coccinea in desiderata to Loddiges’ Nursery on 6th January 1845.  [MP A2933-2, p.28].


Published Jun 07, 2009 - 09:28 AM | Last updated Sep 12, 2011 - 03:00 PM

Family Ericaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, probably England

  • Azalea smithii coccinea Hort.


Common Name

Indica Azalea

Name in the Camden Park Record

Azalea Indica Smithii-coccinea 

Confidence level high