Azalea 'Twenty Grand'
Size: 6-9 inch
Growth Habit: 3 x 3 feet at maturity
USDA Zone: 7-9
Exposure: filtered to full sun
Growing Conditions: evenly moist, well drained acidic soils
Parentage: unknown (possibly Belgian Indian hybrids x Kurume hybrids)
Hybrid Group: Pericat
Comments: 2 inch, semi-double flowers with wide lobes are red-violet pink with salmon undertones. Alphonse Pericat was a florist in Collingdale, Pennsylvania who first introduced this plant at the Philadelphia Flower Show in 1931 as an un-named seedling. David Leach coined the name and introduced it to the trade. Though my association with it does not date to the 30's, it was an azalea I remember selling when I was in high school in the mid 60's.