70524There are so many different specie involved with the extensive breeding of the modern cultivars of clematis that they are not even assigned full Latin names. They are simply known as ‘clematis’ (without a specie name), with a respective cultivar name. Clematis X jackmanii is the oldest known hybrid, so the name is often applied to other hybrids, whether or not they are actually related.

The big broad flowers are abundant and spectacular this time of year, but unfortunately do not last long. Bloom finishes before the weather gets much warmer, leaving unimpressively rustic foliage on wiry vines. The vines might reach ground floor eaves, and are just the right size for small gate arbors. If necessary, old plants can be lightly groomed of twiggy growth while bare through winter.

Flowers are rich shades of blue, purple, red, pink or white. Many are bi-colored, and some have ruffled centers. During full boom, there may be more flowers than foliage visible. Foliage is a dark shade of olive green, with a dull matte finish, which is actually a perfect background for the rich color of the bloom. Roots like rich, moist and cool soil, while the vines climb into sunnier situations.

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8 thoughts on “Clematis

    1. I do not know the name. I did not get it from the nursery. I just know it is one of those fancy hybrids that I probably would not have selected, but I am pleased that someone did.

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    1. Ha! How funny that you say so. I often try to explain that most of what horticulturists do is VERY unnatural. We work with plants from all over the world, and manipulate them to do what we want them to do. I happen to work in forested areas as well, but the work I do to improve safety and decrease fire hazard (for examples) is very unnatural.

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  1. It looks like the clematis I have in a planter on my deck – called Ramona I think. It’s a prolific bloomer… Nelly Moser is another of my favorites. I started growing clematis in the early 60’s back in NJ and have managed to have at least one if not many at every house in every part of the country! one of my favorite flowering vines. The small flowered/big vine type is really nice too. I have a pink montana clematis that covers my chicken pen!

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    1. Actually, I think that it is Ramona. That is one of the standard cultivars here. We do not have many. Nellie Moser is popular as well. They are not my favorite because their season is so brief, and they are never really very happy in our climate. Clematis montana is much happier, although I prefer the white to the pink. That depends on where it goes of course.

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  2. It’s a beautiful shade of purple. I have one called vyvyan pennell which is just about to flower if the sun would only shine! She’s a gorgeous double flowered variety that I cut back every year and she comes back with more and more flowers.

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    1. They do not do so well for us here, but we grow them anyway. Ironically, we sometimes like them where other vines would be too aggressive! I happen to like Japanese honeysuckle and red honeysuckle (a new one for me), but they are SO weedy and aggressive! The clematis work nicely on two small trellises, even though they look tired by the middle of summer. Of course, the flowers are spectacular! The get cut from the trellis in winter, so never accumulate too much junk.

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