Rhododendron ( Duc de Rohan Southern Indian Hybrid Azalea )

The evergreen Southern Indian Hybrids originated in the Deep South of the U.S. in the mid-19th century. Their parentage is mainly owed to the Belgian Indian hybrids and other species such as R. indicum and S. simsii. They tend to be hardier than the Belgian Indians. This cultivar belongs to the low, compact, slow-growing group of Southern Indian Hybrids. These usually bloom late and show characteristics of R. indicum. Others belong to the taller, faster growing, earlier blooming group of Southern Indian Hybrids. These usually have a more open habit and are the more common. Plant as you would any of the other azaleas: high and in well-drained, acid soil, rich with organic matter. Though azaleas have a potentially large list of possible pest and disease problems, they are usually trouble free if planted correctly in proper cultural conditions.