Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question for February 9th - February 18th, 2004
These are the flower of camellia, Camellia japonica.
It is the species form of one of our most popular evergreen shrubs and has much
smaller flowers with a single row of petals. This camellia was collected from the
northern part of the natural range of the species and is much hardier than most
camellias (USDA hardiness zones 6 through 9). This plant is attractive to bees,
butterflies and/or birds and the flowers are fragrant. You can see this
special camellia in the Asian Collections.