There appears to be quite a lot of variability in this Camellia as I look at pictures online. Some show a blossom that is almost a single, while other show a semi-double with pseudo petals mixed in with its bright yellow stamen. The petals are a deep red and quite waxy, about 3″ across. It started blooming at the end of March. It is now May 20th and it is still blooming. It is certainly making up for not having bloomed for a couple of years and this plant is only 18″ tall and in a gallon pot.
Pronunciation: kuh-MEE-lee-a juh-PON-ih-kuh
Species Meaning: Of or from Japan
Camellia japonica is native to Japan.
This Camellia has had a tough life. It was one of those plants that we found is a favorite of deer. They cropped this thing almost down to the ground a couple of ties. Then I had to move it twice because it was in the way of garden construction (something that had not befallen any other plant). Eventually, it was dug up and put in a pot and after a couple of years to recover, it has now bloomed for the first time (2021)
It likes lots of filtered light in humusy acidic soil.
This is another Nuccio introduction. It was named after Bob Hope in 1972.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P16005
This plant is sitting on the back deck where the deer can’t get to it.
We acquired this plant from Als Garden Center.