Sunday, 11 June 2017

Camellia

Flower of the Month - June 2017


image Peg's garden Woopi
KINGDOM: Plantae

ORDER: Ericales

FAMILY: Theaceae

GENUS: Camellia

SPECIES: Lots

Camellias are evergreen shrubs mostly with dark green slightly waxy leaves which flower from Autumn through Winter and then into Spring - depending on species and variety.

There are over 180 other species of camellia - and include the tea Camellia - C. sinensis (all the world's tea - black and green - comes from plantations of Camellia sinensis).




Within the Camellia 'family' there are many species. The most well known ones include, japonica, sasanqa, reticulata but the most unusal Camellia species is, C. Crapnelliana. It has seed pods almost as big as coconuts and such a great name, see picture right.
The Camellia was the flower of the month in June 2016 and in that post there are some 'Growing Problems and Solutions' included which might be interesting if your Camellia is looking a bit crook! Also there is a link to an article written by one of my all time favourite horticultural journos, Angus Stewart.


image Hamilton Gardens, New Zeland

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