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Kallista

Kallista

This hybrid between R. lindleyi and R. nuttallii was created and named by Felice Blake Kallista, Victoria, Australia. It is a unique cultivar as it has larger flowers, with more bell-shaped blossoms to the truss...as many as 10 and sometimes 14!  The flowers are white with a yellow throat and HUGE!  Each blossom can measure 6" long and 6" in diameter.  I remember seeing a photo of several plant hunters standing around drinking wine out of these flowers.  The foliage is large and heavily textured, adding to the tropical aire.  This plant, however, is tender and will not survive temperatures below +20 F.  I do know several people who grow this plant in a large container and move it into a greenhouse for the winter. 

Rare Variety – This variety is difficult to find anywhere due to these reasons

  • These tender varieties are rare because they do not have a wide enough audience due to their lack of hardiness and are overlooked by the big growers.
  • Singing Tree Gardens has made these rare varieties our passion and remain committed to producing them for future generations. Currently we are the only source in the USA for these tender, FRAGRANT plants.
Type
Rhododendrons
Genus
Rhododendron
Bloom Time
April
Fragrance
Highly Fragrant
Exposure
Partial Shade
Color
White
Deciduous/Evergreen
Evergreen
Ultimate Height
6 ft
Hardiness Zone
10
9
Growth Habit
upright and spreading
Water Requirements
Once a week
Regular price $55.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $55.00 USD
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