This tea was made from “Rhododendron pulchrum” called “ZiJuan(紫鹃) or JinXiuDuJuan(锦绣杜鹃)” in Mandarin.
(Below is sourced from wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_pulchrum)
Rhododendron pulchrum (锦绣杜鹃), also identified as Rhododendron x pulchrum is a rhododendron endemic to China. It grows as a semi-evergreen shrub, 1.5–2.5 meters in height, with leaf blades leathery, elliptic-oblong to elliptic-lanceolate or oblong-oblanceolate, 2–5(–7) × 1–2.5 cm in size. Flowers are rose-purple with dark red flecks. Hirsutum describes it as “a natural hybrid; seed x pollen= R. mucronatum var mucronatum x R. indicum var formosanum”.
Tips for steeping:
Because of the high percentage of anthocyanidin contained in Rhododendron pulchrum, so the temperature for brewing water
should be not too high like usually used on brewing puerh tea, 85℃-90℃ is recommended.
Besides that, the steeping time should be around 5s during every infusion. You can extend the time accordingly after 8th infusion.
Some photos are taken by XiaGuan tea factory officially
Plantation of Rhododendron pulchrum: