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Camellia japonica ‘Grunellii’

A cultivar of Camellia japonica L., ‘Grunellii’ has pure white flowers, full and irregular, often 14cm across, anemone form, with a resemblance to ‘Waratah Alba’.  The 2-3 outside rows of petals are reflexed and twisted, the centre of the flower bearing many small, distorted petals, making a large spherical mass.  [ICR].

Horticultural & Botanical History

It was bred in Italy in 1834.  [ICR].  Berlèse Iconographie vol.II pl.132/1843.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.226/1850].


Published Jun 22, 2009 - 04:40 PM | Last updated Aug 11, 2011 - 03:47 PM

Figured is an anemone-form camellia with a pure white flower.  Berlèse v.II pl.132, 1843.

Camellia japonica L. ‘Grunellii’ | Berlèse v.II pl.132/1843 | HAAB


Family Theaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, Italy

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Camellia japonica ‘Grunelli’


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