Camellia comes from China and Japan, where many varieties grow. In Europe the camellias were imported by G. J. Camel starting

from the second half of the 1700s. However, this splendid plant only achieved great popularity a century later, following the success of Dumas' novel, "The Lady of the Camellias". Since then, in fact, the camellia flower began to be used as an ornament of necklines and hems of

ladies dresses; Madame Chanel taught to carry her on her taillers. In the 1930s, camellia was a staple and ever present plant in most Late Romantic gardens across Europe. Tea is made from the leaves of some varieties. In Italy it is grown mainly on the shores of Lake Maggiore.

In the language of flowers, camellia means perfect beauty and unexhibited superiority; if given as a gift it is a sign of esteem.

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