Lady Alice Fitzwilliam AGM

Rhododendron 'Lady Alice Fitzwilliam'
edgeworthii x formosum
Fischer? 1881
FCC 1881, AGM (1993) 2012
1.8m by 2m
10 year height/spread: 1.5m/1.5m
Flowers: lax trusses of 2-3 pink buds rapidly fade
on opening to white funnel shaped flowers with
yellow in the throat. Very fragrant.
Recognise by: deeply bullate leaves similar to
edgeworthii but with smooth slightly yellow green
undersides and with hairy margins, with a good
fairly dense flat topped habit when grown
Similar to 'Fragrantissimum' and
probably hardy throughout the UK, but can be
flower bud tender. Worth trying in a sheltered spot
which does not warm up too quickly in Spring,
such as a north wall. Very floriferous. More than
one plant is thus called in commerce, and it has
been confused with 'Fragrantissimum'.

Hindleap Lodge. Sussex

Location: South Africa
Photo: Barbara Knox-Shaw