Cultivar Type：For Ornamental
Scientific Name：Camellia japonica 'Lysantha'
Franchetti, 1855, Collezione di Camelie, p.42. Orthographic error for Lysantha.
Robert Tyas, Popular Flowers, 1843, p.86. Orthographic error for Lysantha.
Herbert, 1837, Amaryllidiceae & Suppl., p.367. Synonym for Lysantha.
» English Description
Herbert, 1837, Amaryllidaceae & Suppl., p.376: From the single white (Alba Simplex) from the pollen of Pompone...the flowers, if possible, are more regular than the ‘Buff’ (Incarnata) or old double white (Alba Plena) red with a watery line and margin to each petal. Anonymous, Apr.1843, Gardeners’ Chronicle, p.243: New camellia. We have received from the Dean of Manchester [Dr. Herbert], under the name camellia Lysantha, a seedling raised at Spofforth. Its maternal parent was a seedling from the old single red (Rubra) ferlilized with the common striped camellia (Variegata) and was itself crossed with the myrtle-leaved variety (Myrtifolia) The colour is bright carmine with stripes of pale pink running down the centre of each petal. The outer petals are rounded and, when the flower is half open, are beautifully cupped; when fully expanded however, they fall back in the same manner as the old double white. The inner petals are somewhat pointed but fill up well in the centre. Synonym: ‘Lysimachus’. Orthographic error, ‘Lysanthe’, ‘Lysanta’.