Cultivar Type：For Ornamental
Scientific Name：Camellia japonica 'Miniata'
Verschaffelt Catalogue, 1850. p.47. Orthographic error for Miniata.
Miniata de Low
Burdin Catalogue, 1856-1857. Synonym for Miniata.
Miniata di Low's
Luzzatti, 1851, Collezione di Camelie, p.28. Synonym for Miniata.
Franchetti, 1855, Collezione di Camelie. Synonym for Miniata.
» English Description
Costa, 1846, Catalogue de la collection de Camellias présentée à sa majesté L’Imperatrice de toutes les Russies et Reine de Pologne, p.6. No description. Paxton’s Botanical Magazine, vol.14, Aug. 1848; van Houtte’s Flore des Serres.---vol.3, Oct.1847; Harrison’s Floricultural Cabinet, Nov.1847 and Verschaffelt, 1848, Nouvelle Iconographie, Book II, pl.IV all published descriptions and illustration: This variety adds to the family of the camellia with its perfect regularity and the double colour of the flowers. It was raised in England by the firm of Hugh Low & Co., Clapton. Paxton stated that it was raised from seed of Myrtifolia pollinated by Incarnata which produced some imperfect blooms with stamens. The flower shape is similar to Myrtifolia and it has some of the blush of Incarnata in the centre. In the early season the flower colour is crimson but later in the spring it has 3 or 4 rows of blush white with crimson again in the centre. Synonyms: ‘Miniata de Low’, ‘Miniata Low’s’, ‘Miniata di Low’s’. Note: In William Paul’s lecture “The Camellia and its Culture” printed in the Journal of Horticultural and Cottage Gardening, Jan. 23, 1871, pp.114-118, he states that Mr. Fielder informed him that he had raised Miniata from the cross of C.sasanqua x Lepida. However the origin of Miniata as it is known today is more likely as described in Paxton’s Botanical Magazine.