What's blooming at the Baltimore Conservatory?
Photo credit: Michael Lemmon
February is cause to celebrate for the camellias are starting to bloom, adding a spectacular splash of color to the winter palette at the Baltimore Conservatory in Druid Hill Park.
Camellias are evergreen shrubs native to southern and eastern Asia and prized for their flowers of red, pink, and white.
Traditionally representing longevity and faithfulness in Asian culture, it has also become the official state flower of Alabama.
The genus was named after Georg Kamel, a Jesuit missionary and botanist stationed in the Philippines in the 17th century.
This specimen, a Camellia japonica, can display blooms up to 5 inches in diameter and was donated to the conservatory by the late Zenobia Kendig, a local camellia enthusiast.