The Rose of Winter

These gorgeous flowers resembling roses are called Camellias.

Native to Japan and China they represent faithfulness and longevity.

CamelliaCamellia japonica

the bud
                                                                                the bud

These wonderful flowers were  spotted at the JW Marriott Resort  gardens in Mussoorrie.

Looking deceptively like roses they are close cousins of the plants ( Camellia sinensis)  of the favourite Indian beverage Tea. 

red wood rose
                                                          Blood  red flowers in bloom 

As there are numerous hybrids of these beautiful flowers please correct me if I have identified them incorrectly.

There is a lot of information on Wikipedia about these flowers which were introduced in America from China and are now the state flowers of the state of Alabama in USA.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

20 thoughts on “The Rose of Winter”

  1. How great, nature of course, there are several kinds of roses…, and one of them resistant to the hard winter days….. Made me to think in philosophical way. Thank you dear Mukul, beautiful photograph. Love, nia

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