Rhododendron ‘Dora Amateis’

This splendid dwarf rhododendron was bred in 1958 in the United States, and is already becoming one of the most widely grown plants in the genus. Free-flowering and hardy, it is a white-flowered hybrid of an American species, R. corolmianum. Which is exceptionally vigorous, and the Himalayan R. ciliatum, a compact, dome-shaped bush with bell-shaped flowers and bristly leaves. The white blooms of ‘Dora Amateis’ are lightly spotted with green, and come out at the peak of spring.

This hybrid grows best in moist places, where it can be interplanted with lilies, meconopsis, primulas, ferns and other plants which enjoy a damp acid soil. Though the flowers are resistant to frost the plant needs shelter from strong winds. Rhododendron experts assure me that, given this protection, ‘Dora Amateis’ is among the easiest, as well as the most profusely flowering, of all the white rhododendrons.

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