Thrives in cold climates! Extra fancy purple pink flowers with purple red blotches and slightly ruffled petals. Use as hedge, walkway border or in massed planting for impressive display. Semi-evergreen.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.
A heavy bloomer for spicy early spring foundation beds out front of the house. Spot into mixed borders for welcome spring color addition. Use for fleshing out partially shaded bends beneath tree groves. A good selection for sideyards with enough light and courtyards in the South.. Important component of the Japanese tea garden to signify the season of spring with its blooms. Newly discovered for modern architecture as a single bold shrub for enclosed outdoor spaces.
Azaleas are exceptional with Japanese inspired plants such as Kwanzan Flowering Cherry, (Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan'), Waterfall Japanese Maple, (Acer palmatum 'Waterfall') and Dwarf Whitestripe Bamboo, (Sasella masumuneana albostriata). Exceptional with ferns such as small Japanese Painted Fern, (Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum') and Australian Sword Fern, (Nephrolepis obliterata).
This variety is descended from the Kempheri Hybrid Azaleas which originated with R. kempheri, native to the mountains of Japan. The species was first introduced to America by the Arnold Arboretum in 1892. Early hybridization of this species began around 1900 in Holland. The this is one of the hybrids developed by Girard Nursery in Geneva, Ohio.
In its habitat of origin on volcano slopes of northern Japan, these are known as "torch azaleas" due to the naturally intense coloring.