Botanical name: Rhododendron campanulatum Family: Ericaceae (Heath family)
Bell Rhododendron is a wild species of rhododendron found in the Himalayan alpine regions of Northern India, Bhutan, and Nepal. It is a spreading shrub, 2-6 m tall. Its leaves are very interesting. They are broadly elliptic to oval, to 14 cm long, dark glossy green above, with brown felted wooly hairs below. In fact, running a finger on the underside of the leaves gives one a velvety feel. Beautiful bell-shaped flowers are pale mauve to rosy-purple, rarely white, purple spotted inside. Flowers grow in large trusses, or clusters, which can be up to 10 inches across. Each flower is shaped like a small bell about 1 - 1.5 inch long. It grows on the stony alpine slopes and ledges at altitudes of 3000-4400 m. Flowering: April-June.
The flower labeled Bell Rhododendron is ...