Rhododendron 'Purpureum Elegans'
More About 'Purpureum Elegans'
- Clusters of dark, blue-purple, trumpet-shaped flowers with yellow-brown blotches
- Glossy, leathery, green leaves
- Upright, rounded habit
- Group: Elepidote
- Bloom Time: Midseason
'Purpureum Elegans' was hybridized/introduced prior to 1850.
Seed Parent and Pollen Parent: catawbiense hybrid or selection
Predominant Flower Colour: Purple
Elepidote: Without scales, as opposed to lepidote. Large leaf.
Lepidote: Having scales. Tiny scales typically cover the undersides of the leaves. Small leaf.
Purpureum Elegans Rhododendron Growing and Maintenance Tips
Rhododendrons require constant moisture (but not standing water), a fertile soil with a low pH and grow best in partial shade. Any pruning should be done soon after flowering to ensure bud set. Plants can benefit from protection (burlap wrap) against drying, winter winds and sun in an exposed location.
'Purpureum Elegans' Characteristics
Moist to Average
Average to Dry Soils