Rhododendron dauricum is one of the hardiest of the genus, flowering as January starts and often lasting well into February. Found growing through forest margins where it grows to two metres in its area of origin; through eastern and northern Asia. A semi evergreen species that is more or less deciduous with us. Pink to purple/red flowers with anthers a similar colour. The petals of delicate appearance with crinkle cut edges. However, this hardiness does not apply to the flowers which were decimated by the frosts of last week. The light green growth buds are unscathed and the tight flower buds ready to provide a show as the temperature rises.
The roots appreciate a moist cool root run and an annual top-dress with leaf mould or similar light, open organic matter.