Camellia japonica atrorubens
We received the original plant of this magnificent variety from China, in 1809. It differs materially from all other sorts, being of more robust habit, and flowering a good deal later. The flowers remain upon the plant after fading, when they change to a deep red purple, producing a singular effect. Like the others, it requires the greenhouse, with very little warmth in winter. But the plants should not be too early exposed in the summer to the open air : it is far better to keep them in the house after the other plants are out, and not remove them till the flower buds for the following season are discernable ; they may then remain in a sheltered situation till the middle of September, before they are brought in again. In winter they should have a good circulation of air, for want of which sometimes the flower buds will fall off. The proper soil is loam and peat.