The genus was named in honor of Georg Joseph Kamel (sometimes spoken of as “Father Camellus”), a Jesuit missionary, pharmacist and naturalist.
Camellia represents desire, passion, admiration and perfection.
It is also considered as a symbol of longevity.
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.
Camellia is also used in cooking and for oil production.
Some Camellia species are famous for their ornamental value, especially Camellia japonica, Camellia reticulata and Camellia sasanqua.
Camellia offers a large palette of colors, from white to yellow, pink red and purple.