Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Camellia japonica ‘Juno’

A cultivar of Camellia japonica L. Camden Park bred, seedling 41/51.  ‘Bright crimson, excessively double, petals very numerous, arranged round several distinct centres like several double flowers attached together.  Very good.’  William Macarthur.  [MP A2948-6].  

An unnamed cultivar at Camden Park, #4 at the Old Orchard, now part of the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, is a very close match for William's ‘Juno’. The flowers are large, anemony-form, very double, almost globular when full blown, and bright crimson in colour (RHS Colour Chart 52A—Crimson). Many show what appear to be multiple centres exactly as described by William. Some petals show white streaking, not mentioned by William, but this varies between flowers. The flowers have stamens scattered among the petals and several stigmas in the centre. It is an upright grower, very vigorous and easily propagated from cuttings.

Another possibility is 'Pallas', described by William Macarthur as ‘Dark bright crimson, very double with several centres like Juno, quite irregular.  Good.’ [MP A2948-6].

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.


History at Camden Park

First described in 1851, ‘Juno’ is not listed in the 1857 catalogue.


Published Jun 29, 2009 - 03:42 PM | Last updated Mar 17, 2012 - 04:43 PM

The photograph shows a very double camellia with a bright crimson flower.

Old Orchard camellia #4. This flower conforms very closely to William Macarthur's 'Juno' | Camden Park gardens | Photograph Colin Mills


Family Theaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, Camden Park

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Camellia japonica ‘Juno’ 

Confidence level high