Camellia japonica ‘Portia’

A cultivar of Camellia japonica L. Camden Park bred, seedling 35/51.  ‘Crimson, two rows of outer petals, large, of thick substance, inner numerous and smaller like Paeoniflora but much darker and more regular.’  William Macarthur.  [MP A2948-6].

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.


History at Camden Park

First described in 1851, ‘Portia’ is not listed in the 1857 catalogue.  A plant named ‘Portica’ was among the camellias positively identified at Camden Park by Walter Hazlewood in the 1930’s.  His description of a very variable flower, white, flaked and barred red when first seen, entirely pink in 1945, does not accord with Macarthur’s description of ‘Portia’.  [TJSC].  


Published Jul 01, 2009 - 01:28 PM | Last updated Aug 10, 2011 - 04:32 PM

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

Garden origin, Camden Park

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Camellia japonica ‘Portia’ 

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