Camellia, with its glossy evergreen leaves and large cupped flowers, blooms when few other plants do—in late winter to early spring. Plant partial-shade-loving camellias such as this 'Rubescens Major,' in slightly acidic soil that drains well. Camellia Rubescen, Camellia Japonica, Camelia
The camellia (Camellia japonica L) was designated the state flower of Alabama in 1959, replacing the original state flower adopted in 1927 (goldenrod). A native of China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan, the camelia is cultivated in the southeastern United States.