Camellia japonica ‘Modesta’

A cultivar of Camellia japonica L., ‘Modesta’ has very regular flowers of a delicate purplish-pink.

Horticultural & Botanical History

It was bred by William Herbert from ‘Waratah’ crossed with ‘Variegata’ before 1837.  ‘From waratah by Pompone. -17. v. Modesta, or Hebe; flower nearly regular, of a delicate purplish pink.’  [Herbert, Amaryllidaceae p.368].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.243/1850].  ‘Modesta’ is marked with an ‘H’ in William Macarthur’s hand in an 1850 catalogue held at Camden Park.  It was later distributed in Sydney by at least Rule and Baptiste.  [CQ].  Possibly obtained from Loddiges’ Nursery.  Macarthur wrote on 6th January 1845: ‘I am very desirous to have the best of Mr. Herbert’s varieties.’  [MP A2933-2, p.28].


Published Jun 30, 2009 - 03:11 PM | Last updated Aug 10, 2011 - 04:58 PM

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

Garden origin, England

  • ‘Hebe’


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Camellia japonica modesta 

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