Rhododendron campanulatum ssp. campanulatum is found throughout the Himalayas. Seeds were collected in Nepal from a collection made at c. 3500 metres. This seed has grown into a four metre high evergreen multi-stemmed shrub with similar breadth.
Flowering profusely at present it is a magnificent sight covered in trusses of large white blooms. As the growth buds expand to open the bud scales colour and drop. These vary in colour and are an added seasonal feature of the plant. Protecting the emerging leaves which are themselves protected by a covering of delicate silver hairs.
All these Himalayan Rhododendron species benefit from a cool moist climate and the addition of a light mulch of leaf mould. The root zone is a mass of fibre and should be treated with respect, avoid cultivating over the area.