It has a mutation that turns the reproductive parts into additional petals. Plants are not very self-compatible, self-fertilized flowers produce few seeds and these are of low viability. Stay informed about PFAFs progress, challenges and hopes by signing up for our free email ePost. Camellias are so hybridized that flowers are not often successfully pollinated, and seeds rarely form. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. That there is a somewhat more documented tradition of their use medicinally suggests they are safe, I found one Asian commercial supplier of petals for medicinal use which is encouraging. Hi-- It sounds like you do not "deadhead" your camellia flowers. Most cultivars are hardy to around 20ºF . The following cultivars have been seen with good crops of seeds:- 'Alba Simplex'; 'Coppelia'; 'Guillio Nuccio'; 'Jupiter'[K].The sub-species C. japonica macrocarpa. On the other hand, the hybrids williamsii, which one can also recover and plant seeds, flower into 2 or 3 years. QR Codes are barcodes that can be read by mobile phone (smartphone) cameras. Most provide delicious and nutritious fruit, but many also have edible leaves, seeds, flowers, stems or roots, or they yield edible or useful oil. If available other names are mentioned here. Smartphone users quickly have information on a plant directly for the pfaf.org website on their phone. Plant them out into their permanent positions when they are more than 15cm tall and give them some protection from winter cold for their first year or three outdoors[K]. Here in the Oakland, CA, they are everywhere. grow in wild ? Taffy, in CA, This autumn, the branches of my double pink, Copyright The Intercontinental Gardener. Camellia japonica is an evergreen Shrub growing to 10 m (32ft) by 8 m (26ft) at a slow rate. I'm also interested in eating the flowers, (the fact that the plant takes full shade makes it interesting) but am nervous I cant find anything else on the net or in books about their edibility, also one of the only two sources listed here is at times "dubious". A book by Mien Ruys, mother of the New Perennial movement, White borscht at Tage Andersen's Gunillaberg, Burning blue - Frida Kahlo's La Casa Azul in Coyoacan, Last chance to see the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection, Things that make me go ouch - reflexology paths in Singapore, Early morning stroll in Turku, my howntown, The Istana - from nutmeg plantation to Presidential Palace, A book by Mien Ruys, the mother of new perennial movement, Almost a visit to Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca, Fergus Garrett, the gentle keeper of Great Dixter, Abkhazi Garden, Victoria, British Columbia, Bellevue Botanical Garden, Washington state, Belltown P-Patch Garden, Seattle, Washington state, Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Washington state, Butchart Gardens, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, Californian Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California, Daniel Hinkley's garden at Windcliff, Washington state (private), Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver, Canada, Dunn Gardens, Broadview, Washington State, Filoli Estate and Garden, Woodside, California, Floating gardens of Seattle, Washington state, Freeway Park in Seattle, Washington state, Garden of Souls in Utopian Heights, Seattle, Washington, Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades, California, Lakewold Gardens, Lakewood, Washington state, Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, Washington State, Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection, Washington State, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, California, Rhododendron Species Foundation and Botanical Garden, Washington state, Seattle Japanese Garden, Seattle, Washington State, The Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden, Seattle, Washington, The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, Shoreline, Washington state, Volunteer Park Conservatory, Seattle, Washington State, Volunteer Park Conservatory, second visit, Seattle, Washington, Washington Park Arboretum Witt Winter Garden, Seattle; Washington, Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle, Washington State, Winters' House, Bellevue, Washington State, Woodland Park Rose Gardens, Seattle, Washington State, Singapore Trivia – A Lone Kampong House at Mandai, Review of ‘A Beautiful Obsession’ by Jimi Blake and Noel Kingsbury, Iconic British gardens - Beth Chatto Gardens, Essex, 12 Tips on How To Use Color Effectively In The Garden, The Late Summer Gardens of Southern England 2019, Slottspark, Kristineberg, Stockholm, Sweden – Animals of Fun, Souvenirs of ShahJahan…Delhi and Agra in Instagrams.