White Mermaid Camellia. This is a true Camellia-collector's plant with fascinating fish-tail-like tips to its leaves and with semi-double white flowers resembling White Empress. The plant is particularly vigorous and is always a conversation piece in the garden. I received a batch of rooted cuttings of this selection from China a couple of decades ago, and in the lot was one cutting which flowered pink. So this was our beginning with our 'Pink Mermaid.' Morning sun and afternoon shade or filtered sun on well drained fertile soil. Once established, Camellias are some of our most drought tolerant ornamentals that one can have in their garden.