Each photograph is only a representation of one example of a species and may not be the same plant that is currently available for sale through the mail order catalog, so be careful to check the accession numbers.
This photo album of rhododendron species shows the wide range of colors and flower shapes found in the genus Rhododendron. The album also acts as an aid for those interested in purchasing plants through the mail order catalog published by the RSF; although this album does contains many more images than are included in each catalog. Under each image (after clicking on a specific species) there is a general description of the rhododendron species written by Curator Steve Hootman (and thus the reference to "my collection" which means the plant in question was collected on an expedition of which Steve was a member). Under the description is a list of individual plants in the RSF rhododendron collection that have a unique accession number. For example, Rhododendron aberconwayi has four accessions listed with the first one being 1964/015 'His Lordship.' The number 1964/015 is the accession number and 'His Lordship' is a selection of that species that was worthy of naming.
A photo album of companion plants that are often available through the mail order catalogs is also included but many photos for these are not available yet. The photo album as a whole is a work in progress and the RSF staff is grateful to our webmaster who has dedicated many volunteer hours to creating it!
All images © RSF 2013 all rights reserved - please contact us for permission to use them.