Camellia ‘Sophie Ducker’ - Plant of the Month - May 2019
An interesting garden addition to the japonicas and sasanquas from the camellia family is the lovely hybrid ‘Sophie Ducker’. Originated by well-known camellian, Dr R Withers in 1998, it is named for an Australian renowned botanist and botanical historian, Dr Sophie Ducker of Melbourne University. It is a seedling of another beauty, c. pitardii ‘Our Melissa’. The miniature elegans-form flower is 4-5 cm across, has 5-6 petals shading from pink to white and a large boss of pale pink petaloids in the centre. Leaves are dark green and matt with new growth sometimes tinged red. It flowers in early to mid-winter. This miniature cultivar is a bushy, somewhat slow growing plant, height approx. 1.5m, suitable for pot cultivation or a semi-shaded spot in the garden. A protected position on a balcony could also be considered.
A number of these plants will be available at the Growing Friends Autumn Sale on 4-5 May 2019 near E Gate, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.