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Plant of the month, May 2023

May's plant of the month boasts vibrant foliage and unique features, making it a true standout.

My plant of the month for May is Rhododendron edgeworthii CCHH 8016

A species collected on the Shweli-Salween divide, Burma, that has the thickest, darkest orange-brown indumentum (Small hairs on the underside of the leaves). It is a strikingly beautiful form with its stunning foliage and its very large, scented, waxy white-tinged pink flowers. a truly stunning plant.

Tender and requiring dappled shade and very good drainage. Apparently best grown in a pot which can be brought in to a frost free environment in cold winters (we are lucky, In Cornwall, that we are mild enough for her to happily grow outside).

Sunlight shining through grasses at the Trewithen Estate in Cornwall

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