Cultivar Type：For Ornamental
Scientific Name：Camellia japonica 'La Speranza'
van Houtte Catalogue, 1858, 72:24.Auguste van Geert, 1859 Catalogue, No.47, p.35. Abbreviation for La Speranza.
Auguste van Geert, 1863-1864, Catalogue No.54, p.47. Synonym for La Speranza.
Peer, 1956, American Camellia Yearbook, p.57. Orthographic error for ‘Speranza’, abbreviation for La Speranza.
» English Description
van Houtte Catalogue,1858, 72:24 as ‘Speranza’: Vivid carmine red, edge of petals striped and spotted with white, perfectly imbricated. Verschaffelt, 1858, Nouvelle Iconographic, Book XII, pl.I: Received in 1857 from Italy, where it was obtained from seed. The flowers, larger than average, are bicoloured, composed of numerous, large petals, regularly imbricated, those of the periphery being convex, rounded, pink tinged carmine and intersected by a broad, white, longitudinal stripe; the central ones are smaller, erect and resemble the heart of a rose and of a uniform cherry-red. Abbreviation: ‘Speranza’. Originated in Italy by Luzzatti, Florence.