|Rhododendron 'Janet Blair'
(Janet Blair Rhododendron)
Botanical Name: Rhododendron 'Janet Blair'
Janet Blair Rhododendron
Large trusses of pale pink flowers open with ruffled edges and a golden flare on the upper petals.
Mid May into June
Dark green leaves hold their color through the winter.
A dry capsule that is not showy.
A large, rounded mound staying full to the ground.
8 to 10 feet tall with an equal or slightly greater spread.
Full sun to part shade, but will perform better with some shade.
None - hybrid
Description: This variety was introduced by David Leach in l958, its background going back to the Dexter Estate of Sandwich, Mass. It appears to be one of the few varieties with Dexter parentage that is going to be hardy in our New England climate. (Even though Sandwich, Mass. is in New England, it has a rather mild isolated condition on Cape Cod.) ĎJanet Blairí has a very nice plant habit with shiny oval leaves and very pale, pinkish-mauve flowers. The flower is frilled and there is a golden bronze effect on the upper lobes. Once this plant becomes better known, Iím sure itís going to be a popular one. We received our original plants under the name ĎJohn Wisterí and sold it using that name for several years until a letter from Mr. Leach advised us of its true identity. By any name, however, it is one of the best rhododendrons we are growing at this time.