The International Camellia Society "Camellia of the Month", C. japonica "Princess" (?) April 2009

The subject of my painting "Camellia in the Rain" is a bloom from a bush highlighted as "Camellia of the Month" by the International Camellia Society (ICS) for April 2009.

The International Camellia Society is a non-profit organization with over 2,000 members worldwide. It is the official registrar for the genus Camellia and maintains the International Camellia Register in addition to publishing the yearly "International Camellia Journal ".

On the Society's website @ is a photograph of the camellia and information about the plant's recent history in the Charleston garden of Mrs. Rose Muschick.

As with many varieties of older heritage camellias, the ancestry of this plant is an open question. Information about the plant from camellia growers, horticulturists, or flora-culturalists is welcomed.


An Ols but Happy Gardener said...

"There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling."

–Mirabel Osler
Here's a suggestion-It would help to identify your plant if you count the number of stamen.

Katherine Muschick Schneider said...

Thanks for your suggestion about counting the stamen.

The plant isn't blooming right now, but near as I can tell from a recent photo, the flower has 47 to 50 tightly grouped stamen on upright creme colored "filaments"or stalks.

Hope this is helpful in confirming the plant's identity.

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