Camellia is a genus of about250 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.
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 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
Camellia offers a large palette of colors, from white to yellow, pink red and purple.
Spring, Autumn, Winter
These slow growers can reach a height of 1 to 6 metres (3-20 ft).
They will perform best in moist and well-drained soil, with a pH level between 5.5 and 6.5.