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.
Professor Sargent Camellia
Camellia japonica 'Professor Sargent'
Professor Sargent Camellia displays magnificent, showy, brilliant dark red double blooms that grabs the eye of any passerby. The flowers are about 4 inches in size and begin opening in late winter, continuing through mid-spring. Gives interest all year round with its marvelous blooms and its rich, glossy green foliage. Professor Sargent reaches a mature height of 6 to 8 feet and width of 4 to 6 feet. Uses for this camellia include specimen, privacy screen, foundation, 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.