Camellia japonica ‘Rosa Sinensis’

A cultivar of Camellia japonica L. ‘The flower resembles ‘Elegans’ in size and arrangement of petals.  Colour is a pale purplish red, and it measures up to 10cm across.  The outer petals are large, flat and spreading; the inner are small and irregularly formed, coiled inwards and twisted; intermixed with a few imperfect stamens.  Outer petals veined a dark red.’  [Chandler and Buckingham, Camellia Britannica, pgs. 13, 19.  Quoted in the ICR].  Berlèse vol.I pl.87/1841.

Horticultural & Botanical History

Bred by Chandler in England.  ‘This is a bold flowering variety, apparently flowering freely, and in even the present state of extended cultivation of these splendid plants, may be considered as sufficiently distinct to merit a place in any greenhouse.  It was first raised from seeds, by Mr. Chandler.’  [LBC no.1455/1828].

History at Camden Park

Desideratum to Loddiges’ Nursery on the 6th January 1845.  Not recorded as received and there are no further records.  [MP A2933-2, p.28].


Published Jul 01, 2009 - 03:22 PM | Last updated Aug 10, 2011 - 03:40 PM

Figured is a double camellia, the petals a clear deep pink.  Berlèse Iconographie vol.1 pl.87, 1841.

Camellia japonica 'Rosa Sinensis' | Berlèse Iconographie vol.1 pl.87/1841 | BHL

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Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Camellia japonica ‘Rosa sinensis’ 

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