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Plant of the Week; Camellia

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.
Not all camellias have big, multi-petaled “double” flowers, nor are they all scentless. This delicate species, Camellia lutchuensis, from the southernmost islands of Japan has small, evergreen leaves and flowers that have only a few petals—and a most lovely fragrance. camellia-in-situC. lutchuensis has been crossed with other camellias, and plant breeders have produced a range of hybrids, all of which have the more typical double-flower but offer scent, too.camellia-close-upThe original, seldom seen in cultivation but blooming here in the Palm House, the central section of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, displays a charming simplicity.

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