Fragrantissimum AGM

Rhododendron 'Fragrantissimum'
edgeworthii x formosum var. formosum
Rollison & Co. of Tooting before 1868
FCC 1868 shown by Rollison, AGM (1993) 2012
2m by 2m
10 year height/spread: 1.2m/1.5m
Flowers: lax trusses of about 4 white widely funnel
shaped flowers open flushed rose, and fade to pure
white, sometimes with a small yellow patch in the
throat. Exquisitely fragrant.
Recognise by: the intense fragrance; the rugose
leaves with a smooth yellowy green underside, the
margins being more tomentose than ciliate.
Very leggy growth whether grown inside or out.
There seem to be many different clones sold under
this name, and some forms are hardier than others.
It is flower bud tender in most parts of the country
but is superb in flower especially if brought into the
house where the scent is strong and far reaching.

Everard Daniel's garden, Surrey

Photo: Koen Camelbeke

Photo: Koen Camelbeke

South African form
Location: South Africa
Photo: Barbara Knox-Shaw