One of the most striking Camellia introductions of recent years, bred by Os Blumhardt in New Zealand. The semi-double flowers are very dark red, with narrow, velvety-textured petals. The flower stamens have golden anthers and pink filaments. The narrow, pointed leaves are dark green when mature, but the young growth is tinged shiny purple-red. Slow growing with an upright, compact habit making it an excellent container plant. Flowers in March/April.
N.B. This is one of the slowest growing of all the camellias that we grow, so the plants are not as large as other varieties of the same age. Occasionally the leaves can develop dark spots (see picture), particularly when grown undercover - the reason for this is not known, but the growth and flowering of the plants is unaffected.