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From an exotic import to  ‘aggressive’ plant species 

Wealthy Victorians grew the garish rhododendron ponticum ‘to ornament our houses in the Spring,’ as a magazine of the time put it. The first British catalogue listing in 1793 for the exotic import from Spain and Portugal was an astronomical seven shillings and sixpence for a single plant (or over £52 nowadays). Some 200 years later, attitudes have changed. 
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