Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Clematis 'Purple Spider'
The interior of Clematis koreana
The most familiar species in this group are C. alpina and C. macropetala whose charming nodding flowers are the earliest of the genus to bloom in the garden. But the others in this group are worth growing and have given rise to a number of interesting cultivars. I grow a form of C. koreana and I'm not surprised to discover in Clematis on the Web that it is one of the parents of C. 'Brunette' as there is a distinct family resemblance. I can see this at first hand as I recently bought C. 'Brunette' as well as C. 'Purple Spider' at Lost Horizons. Both plants looked vigorous, and most importantly were already in bloom, so I knew exactly what I was getting.