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Camellia japonica ‘Althea’

A cultivar of Camellia japonica L. Camden Park bred. ‘Crimson scarlet, like Hermione in form, more scarlet and not so [word undeciphered].  Pretty good.’  William Macarthur.  [MP A2948-6]. 


Horticultural & Botanical History

A Camden Park cultivar, seedling 30/50, named in 1850. 


History at Camden Park

First described in 1850 and subsequently listed in the 1857 catalogue. 



A Camellia named ‘Althea’, which originated in China, first appeared in the catalogue of Telford’s Nursery, York, in 1775.  [ICR].  This is not the plant grown by William Macarthur. 


Published Jan 23, 2009 - 04:39 PM | Last updated Aug 12, 2011 - 04:37 PM

Family Theaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, Camden Park

Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Camellia Japonica althea 


Confidence level high