The sense of perfection and beauty: the soft petals of the camellia inevitably evoke these pleasant thoughts in those who stop to observe them. The first people to appreciate the enchanting delicacy of this flower were the Japanese and Chinese, making it a protagonist in the world of art and literature. The finest varieties of the Camellia were reserved to the nobility and members of the cultural sphere who knew and practised the art of garden design. In Europe, this flower appeared in the 1700s, through a Jesuit missionary in the Philippines, Father George Joseph Kamel. It was his name that inspired the Swedish naturalist Linnaeus, who was the first to classify it as Camellia. Today, anyone who dabbles in the language of flowers also knows that it symbolises romantic love and long-lasting devotion of lovers.