Nothing says spring quite like camellias in bloom. These evergreen shrubs produce an abundance of showy flowers measuring up to 5 to 6 inches in diameter in late winter or early spring. Colors range from white, yellow and pink to reds and purples with plenty of variations in between. Camellias make a dramatic display inside the home, especially when you include a few of their glossy green leaves.
What Does the Camellia Flower Mean?
The camellia flower speaks to the heart and expresses positive feelings. It’s most common meanings are:
- Desire or Passion
- Perfection & Excellence
- Faithfulness & Longevity
Etymological Meaning of the Camellia Flower
Like many flowers, camellia is both the common and scientific name for these showy flowers. They were named after Father Georg Joseph Kamel when the father of taxonomy, Carl Linnaeus standardized plant names in 1753. Ironically, Kamel was a botanist, but he did not work on camellias himself.