Camellia is a genus of about 250 species of evergreen shrubs and trees in the Theaceae family, native to eastern Asia.
Their perfectly shaped blooms come in a remarkable range of sizes, colors and forms. It is always lovely to see these long-blooming flowers in the garden. Camellias thrive best in partially shaded areas because they are sensitive to bright light. They are great for balconies, terraces, woodland gardens or in containers.

Name meaning

The genus was named in honor of Georg Joseph Kamel (1661-1706), sometimes spoken of as the “Father Camellus”, who was a Jesuit missionary, pharmacist and naturalist.

Camellia symbolism

Camellia represents desire, passion, admiration and perfection.

It is also considered as a symbol of longevity.

Interesting facts about Camellia

Benefits and Uses

Camellia is used as medicine to treat asthma, bacterial infections and heart disease.

While most people think of Camellias as garden flowers, the main economic value of Camellia is the production of tea.
The plant is also used in cooking and for oil production.

Some species are famous for their ornamental value, especially Camellia japonica, Camellia reticulata and Camellia sasanqua.

Camellia Plant Data