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Winter rose featured at Florida flower show

by webdev

January 10, 2011

Flower enthusiasts in Florida were wowed this weekend at the Tallahassee Camellia Club's 57th annual Camellia show.

Nearly 1,000 visitors were on hand to view several hundred varieties of the flowering plant, which is also known as a winter rose.

"Most people's expressions are 'wow we didn't know we could do that here in Tallahassee' and especially people from up north, they come down and they find many many flowers and they say 'What are these things'," Camellia Club member Howard Rhodes told WCTV-TV.

Many of the camellia flowers featured were as wide as a dinner plate, show chairman Randolph Maphis told reports that these winter flowers are easy to grow with many uses, incredible ruggedness and great beauty.

Camellia flowers are large and conspicuous, ranging between 1 centimeter and 12 centimeters in diameter. Colors range from white to pink and red, and yellow in a few species.

They originated in China and do especially well in southern regions.

Individuals who wish to send flowers to a friend or family member may consider camellias for floral arrangements.

As cut flowers, camellias last several days.


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