Plant ID forum→What is this huge plant with giant purple flowers

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Cork, Ireland
May 12, 2020 9:12 AM CST
Hi there,

I took this photo today of a neighbour's large shrub with large pink/purple bulbous flowers.

It's a perennial and starts flowering at the end of April (I'm in Cork, Ireland).

This one is about 3m high and 2m wide

Can you identify it?

Many thanks,

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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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May 12, 2020 9:18 AM CST
Possible Hydrangea
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Perthshire. SCOTLAND. UK
Region: United Kingdom Garden Photography Plant Identifier
May 12, 2020 9:50 AM CST
Shape of flowers ..looks like one of the large Rhododendrons.
Please add close ups .
In Cork it is far too early for Hydrangea flowers/they don't grow as big over here.
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Cork, Ireland
May 13, 2020 2:28 AM CST

Large Rhodadendon.

That seems correct - thank you SilverSurfer and Crawgarden.

Apologies for the photo quality - I couldn't get any closer.

Best regards,
Name: Luis
Hurst, TX, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
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May 13, 2020 10:59 AM CST
I agree, a tree form rhododendron.

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