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Re: Clematis mystery

Sounds like a plant that part of it reverted back to a parent...

A few years back they were promoting a 'bush' version, but can't
remember it's name. I did buy it, but it didn't survive the winter.

Maybe one of these non-vining clematis is it?



----- Original Message ----
From: "Aplfgcnys@aol.com" <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 9:45:34 AM
Subject: [CHAT] Clematis mystery

My DH supports several organizations that have annual plant sales, and
he often buys some of the left-over plants - not out of interest in the plants
but just to support the organization.  Several years ago he brought home
a  clematis vine that had no name.  I have several other vines, but hey, 
a clematis is always welcome, so I planted it on the garden fence beside
the others.  Well, right off the bat it became a problem because it 
produced long vines but, unlike all other clematis I had ever seen, didn't
climb.  It has no tendrils - just six to eight foot vines.  It was a nuisance 
tie it up against the fence, but so be it.  The next year when it bloomed, 
the blooms were a bit of a disappointment - dark blue, bell-shaped four-
petal flowers about two inches across.  Not bad, but nothing to write 
home about.  I looked through all my books, but could not find anything
that quite matched.  The blooms are similar to C. integrifolia, but the 
vines don't fit.  It was just a gawky plant that had to be tied up and didn't
amount to much.
Well, this year it is blooming like crazy.  First came a lot of the dark-blue
bell-shaped, two-inch, four-petaled blossoms.  Next, I spotted a few 
wide-open five-petaled blooms about six-inches across.  On one vine 
that I had missed when I tied up the others, were a couple of nearly-white 
stubby blooms, only about an inch across.  An finally, today, there are 
several six-petaled, deeply recurved blooms with a reddish stripe on each 
petal.  All of these are coming from the same root-stock.  What is going 

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