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Camellia japonica ‘Bellona’

A cultivar of Camellia japonica L. Camden Park bred.  ‘Scarlet crimson three rows of outer petals of good form and substance, inner smaller and crowded, with a few among them of large size.  Handsome round flower.’  William Macarthur, although this entry is signed E.B, the initials suggesting that the description is actually that of Edmund Blake.  [MP A2948-6].

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.


History at Camden Park

First described in 1850 and listed in the 1857 catalogue [T.203/1857].  Two plants were sold to Bailey in 1853 and two to Rule, who listed it in 1862 but it appears to have been lost by 1947.  [CQ].  Listed in the ABHSR of 1849/50.


William Herbert also produced a hybrid of this name before 1837, described in Amaryllidaceae.  ‘From the waratah by the striped. -14. v. Foliolosa, or Amalthea; flower shaped like the rose-scented peonia edulis. v. rosea, red, with about 350 petals. -15. v. Conferta or Odin; fine double red, not regular.  I have never seen any anthers in either this or the preceding. -16. Porrecta, or Bellona; fine crimson; branches horizontal or weeping.  [Herbert Amaryllidaceae p.368].

Published Jun 21, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Last updated Aug 12, 2011 - 02:59 PM

Family Theaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, Camden Park

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Camellia japonica Bellona 


Confidence level high