What the Flower?

This week on ‘WTF?’ we’ll be discussing the Camellia.

It’s only February and you think you’ve seen a rose? Just last week a friend sent me a photo with the caption ‘Roses in February! WTF?’ I’m sure she’s not the only person who has confused the Camellia with a rose. I adore the Camellia. It’s beautiful shiny leaves and rose like petals are a sight for sore eyes as they begin flowering when most spring blooming plants are waking up from their winter sleep. It’s no wonder people are surprised when they see them from a distance. Upon a closer look I think most people start to question whether or not they are roses. Though not the same the similarities are definitely there. So much that the Camellia is referred to as ‘a rose without thorns‘, ‘the first roses of the year‘, and the ‘Japanese Rose‘.

They are a stunning and romantic flower that will look good in just about any vase. Though they’ve always reminded me of an English Cottage, they actually come from the Far East. They are found in eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalayas east to Japan and Indonesia. I think it’s because of the rose like flower that I have associated them with cottage flowers. They really do have a tropical look to them.




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