Be sure to use a well drained soil medium when planting any Camellia as they prefer fall planting with less watering than you might think. In NC our soil is clay so we prefer to use pine bark soil conditioner when planting Camellia, Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel, and Azalea.
C.M. Hovey Camellia
Camellia Japonica 'C.M. Hovey'
C.M. Hovey Camellia; also known as Colonel Fiery Camellia has a striking, large, formal, dark red to rose pink blooms winter through mid spring accompanied by its year round lustrous, glossy, deep-green foliage. This evergreen reaches a mature height and width of 6 to 8 feet. Uses for the C.M. Hovey Camellia include accent, mass planting, specimen, container, shady foundation bed, privacy screen, hedge, espalier, woodland garden, border, landscape bed, and cut flowers.
Teas/tisanes can be made from all camellias, for varied flavored results depending on the variety and processing methods used--some cultivars have caffeine, while some do not. There are resources available online for the hobbyist and production-minded tea makers alike. Research, experiment, process and use at your own risk.