Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Rhododendron

Specie: R. simsii


English Name:


Common Name:

Indoor Azalea: Sims azalea

Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Ericaceae

Name in English: Heath or Heather Family

The Plant

Origin: Southern Asia

Growth Habit: Multi-branched shrub: sometimes straggly

Flower: Broadly funnel-shaped

Blooming Period: spring

Leaf: lanceolate to linear-elliptic, alternatively arranged


house or garden plant (will tolerate summer conditions in sheltered position)

Care and Handling

Soil: well drained, acidic soil

Amount of water: generously in summer and moderate in winter, never let dry out. ( lime free water).

Nutrition: March -Aug with standard liquid fertilizer. Dilute ro 1/2 when in bloom

Special handling: demanding plant: bright light but not direct sun, maintain temp 10-15 C, benefit fro daily misting until buds start, some toxicity.

Special feature/remarks:

Greek for rose tree "rhodos" = rose "dendron" = tree