Rhododendron 'Fastuosum Flore Pleno'
Rhododendron 'Fastuosum Flore Pleno' is a hybrid of R. ponticum and R. catawbiense. It is sterile and is propagated by cuttings and grafts. Each trumpet in its lavender-coloured truss is a double or semi-double and has the appearance of a flower within a flower. It is found along the Rhododendron Walk.
R. Fastuosum Flore Pleno' is an heirloom shrub bred before 1846 by Geber Francoisi of the Francoisi Brothers Nursery in Ghent, Holland. It is the recipient of the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
'Flore pleno' means 'many flowers' (Latin). It is a varietal name for plants whose flowers have more petals than normal.
Text and photos by Kumi Sutcliffe.