Rhododendron 'Ilam Violet'
Electra group x russatum
Shrub: 1.2m in 10 years
Flowers: 11/globular, compact truss, open funnel-shaped with slightly wavy-edged lobes, 20 x 40mm, brilliant violet, tinged violet at midribs and into throat.
Foliage: 40 x 20mm; dark slightly glossy green, with bronze tinges in winter.
Distribution: E Sichuan, Guizhou: 500 - 2300m.
Location: Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire
Photo: Russell Beeson