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Camelia: General information
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 reached great popularity only a century later, following the success of Dumas's novel, "The Lady of the Camellias". Since then, in fact, the camellia flower began to be used as an ornament for necklines and hems of
ladies dresses; Madame Chanel taught her how to take her to her taillers. In the 1930s, the camellia was a fundamental plant and always present in most late-romantic gardens throughout Europe. The tea is obtained from the leaves of some varieties. In Italy it is mainly cultivated on the shores of Lake Maggiore.
In the language of flowers, the camellia means perfect beauty and unexposed superiority; if given as a present it is a sign of esteem.