There are over 200 camellia species thought to exist in the world today, with many of these species being unfamiliar to avid camellia growers. Camellia Japonica has been the most popular camellia in the south for over one hundred and fifty years.
Do you ever wonder how Camellias are named? Carolus Linnaeus, an 18th century Swedish botanist, is responsible for most of the world’s classification of plants and animals, otherwise known as taxonomy.
Camellias are evergreen ornamental shrubs that produce a wide variety of blooms. There are hundreds of thousands of varieties worldwide that have been officially named and logged, and probably equally as many that have not. So, what makes the camellia special?