Cultivar Type：For Ornamental
Scientific Name：Camellia japonica 'Contessa Balbani'
Luzzatti Catalogue 1853. Synonym for Contessa Balbani.
Leguay, 1853, Revue Horticole, p.30. Orthographic variant for Contessa Balbani.
» English Description
Fratelli Rovelli Catalogue, 1852, p.14: Tuscany, 1851. Imbricated. Outer row of broad petals, bright red, the remainder blotched and striped white, gradually changing until the centre is a pale pink. Luzzatti Catalogue, 1853. No description. Franchetti, 1855, Collezione di Camelie, p.25: Magnificent flower, beautifully imbricated, the first ring of petals, broad and well arranged, vivid red, the others spotted and streaked with white and gradually becoming paler at the centre. Originated in Italy by Croft. Synonym: ‘Caterina Conti’.