Plantidote of the Day 2010-12-10
Best guess is that this is a single flower camellia japonica. There are thousands of different camellias, though, so if someone recognizes this variety, feel free to tell us more in a comment. The tea plant (Camellia sinensis) is one of the most famous members of the family. Apparently, it's possible to grow your own tea, at least here in Zone 10, which actually sounds like fun.
If you're ever in southern California, Descanso Gardens has a remarkable camellia collection, the largest in North America!
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