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Camellia growing foxglove?

Hello, I’ve bought white camellia called silver anniversary and it has been growing well for a few months. 
I’ve recently noticed it has lighter green coloured leaves growing on them and today I found a pink flower that looks like foxglove blooming. 

I’ve heard of camellia growing multiple colours of flower but Has it cross pollinated with foxglove??

If anyone could advise on how to get my white camellia back, it would be appreciated.
Thank you.


  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    If it was April 1st I could understand it, but that’s extraordinary. It certainly looks like a foxglove flower on a camelia plant, beyond that I can offer nothing!
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,442
    Botanically not possible.
    This has to be a wind up.

    Wonder why young Camellia has been so severely pruned.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • I never pruned it, I bought it like this at local Waitrose.

    It lost all the white camellia that was originally on the tree so I want to figure out how to get it back:(
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,085
    They only flower in spring, so if it's flowered, that's it until next year. That's how Camellias grow. 
    As @Silver surfer says - it isn't possible for a foxglove to grow on it. Re the pruning - she just means it's been pruned severely, not that you've personally done it.  :)

    Most peculiar. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,707
    What I am seeing, is not possible.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • @Fairygirl I feel like spring has just begun in UK😅 
    Do you think I should cut off the light green leaves? 
    I just started gardening this spring so I’m new to all these. Your comment is appreciated!
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,085
    No - don't cut leaves off! They'll darken as they mature, but the biggest problem will be keeping it in that tiny pot. They're best in the ground - they want to be big shrubs. 
    If you really have to keep it in a pot, it'll need to be much bigger than that or you'll be constantly having to prune it, which isn't terribly beneficial to the plant. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,859
    I think that either someone has played a trick on you … or you have tried to play a trick on us … very funny but we’ve not fallen for it. 

    Your camellia will flower again  next spring 2023 if you keep it fit and healthy between now and then. 

    Do not allow the compost to dry out this summer or it will not flower next year … and if you live in a ‘hard water’ area then you will need to collect rainwater for it, as camellias will not remain healthy if water with a high lime content is used.  For the same reason it needs ericaceous compost rather than the more usual sort. 

    Lots more information here

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • @Fairygirl oh so this IS the baby camellia leaves? I thought it belongs to the foxglove looking flower…silly me.
    i will try to move it to the ground later (We are planning to do some ground work in our garden so I’m just not sure where to put it yet)

    thank you for your advise!
  • @Dovefromabove thank you for the link! 
    Don’t think my 4&5year old kids can play this kind of trick on me!

    Hopefully it’s only just this one and white camellia will be back next spring🥲
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