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The Camellia stood for honest excellence. It told a Victorian lover, "My destiny is in your hands."
The excellence of camellias lies in their big beautiful blooms and evergreen leaves. It "boasts no fragrance and conceals no thorn," wrote one anonymous poet of this gorgeous flower.
Now identified with the Old South, the camellia is a native of Japan.
-The Meaning of Flowers. Myth, Language & Lore by Gretchen scoble and Ann Fields