59. Pieris formosa (Wallich) D. Don ERICACEAE
This attractive, but poisonous, evergreen member of the heather family is a widespread Sino-Himalayan species occurring from Nepal to Central China. It was first introduced to gardens from the Himalaya in the mid-nineteenth century. Later introductions, of more spectacular forms (some with bright red juvenile foliage), came from China.
Hand coloured lithograph of Pieris formosa from Curtis’s Botanical Magazine t. 8283
RBGE Living Collections Accession Factsheet
Scientific Name:Pieris formosa (Wall.) D.Don
Collector:Ludlow, Frank; Sherriff, George & Elliot, H.H.
Origin:Outer China incl. Tibet:Xizang (Tibet) Aut. Reg., SE:Po Tsangpo Valley; Showa