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Camellia japonica ‘Nivalis’

A cultivar of Camellia japonica L., ‘Nivalis’ has formal, double, medium large white flowers.  [ICR, FC p.154/1836].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Synonyms include ‘Nivalis de Loddiges’ which suggests that it originated in this nursery or was first distributed by them.  Berlèse, in his Monographie, lists and describes two varieties with pure white flowers, ‘Lacteola’, bred in Italy in 1830 and ‘Nivea’, bred in Belgium before 1837.  [Berlèse Monography p.96/1838].  Although they are probably unrelated to ‘Nivalis’ which is an English cultivar, the latter probably resembles these two earlier plants.  [Berlèse Iconographie vol 1 pl.45/1841-43].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.246/1850].


Published Jun 30, 2009 - 04:27 PM | Last updated Aug 10, 2011 - 04:52 PM

Figured is a pure white, very double camellia with a few stamens in the centre.  Berlèse Iconographie vol 1 pl.45, 1841.

Camellia japonica 'Nivalis' | Berlèse Iconographie vol 1 pl.45/1841 | BHL


Family Theaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

  • ‘Lactea Youngii’
  • ‘Nivalis de Loddiges’


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Camellia japonica nivalis 


Confidence level high