Camellia japonica ‘Coccinea’

A cultivar of Camellia japonica L., ‘Coccinea’ has an informal double flower of bright scarlet with rounded petals.  [ICR].  ‘Bud somewhat large, oval, acute, scales greenish; flower axillary, large, regular, double, of a deep cherry-red, No.4; petals of the circumference, imbricated, sometimes splashed with white; those of the centre small, rumpled, and irregularly arranged.-Very beautiful.’  [Berlèse Monography p.74/1838].  Berlèse Iconography vol.I pl.44/1841.

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This variety was raised from seeds, by Mr. Allnutt, of Clapham.  The flowers are remarkable for the roundness of their petals; they are pretty double, and of a rich scarlet colour, generally a little later than the other sorts.’  [LBC no.1237/1828].  Berlèse Iconographie vol.I pl.44/1841.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.213/1843].  A plant was presented to the Sydney Botanic Garden on December 24th 1845 [RBGS AB].  Coccinea is listed in both the 1830 and 1836 editions of Loddiges’ Nursery catalogue, copies of which are held at Camden Park [CPA].  In the 1836 edition it is marked with a ‘c’ meaning grown at Camden.


Published Jun 21, 2009 - 02:13 PM | Last updated Aug 11, 2011 - 05:08 PM

Figured is a camellia with an informal double flower of bright scarlet with rounded petals.  Berlèse v.1 pl.44/1841.

Camellia japonica 'Coccinea' | Berlèse v.1 pl.44/1841 | BHL


More details about Camellia japonica ‘Coccinea’
Family Theaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

  • ‘Splendens’
  • ‘Alnutt’s Brilliant’
  • ‘Mr. Allnut’s Splendid’


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Camellia japonica ‘Coccinea’


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