Description and General Information:
This dwarf rhododendron, usually 15-30 cm tall, most commonly forms a low mound or dome with small evergreen leaves and somewhat nodding 1.5-2 cm long flowers that are thimble-like in shape. The flower colour is variable, from dark maroon through shades of purple, pink to cream.
This species is widespread from the Arunachal Pradesh, S and SE Xizang, Upper Burma and N to SW Yunnan. It grows on moist moorlands, open mossy hillsides, along cliff edges and even in open woodlands at elevations ranging from 2400-4900 m. Most commonly, it grows on granitic, acidic substrates but is also known to grow on limestone.
Tip cuttings about 3-6 cm may be taken in mid-fall and rooted in a mist chamber.