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'Ernest Markham'

Large rich red-purple flowers with a redder bar. Yellow to brown anthers with a red-purple connective.

The original plant came from a batch of seeds given to Jackman's nursery in Woking, UK. It was named by Roland Jackman after Ernest Markham, William Robinson's Head Gardener at Gravetye Manor in Sussex. Markham was himself the author of books on clematis. The variety has received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

If pruned as a Group 2 the cultivar gives a few early flowers which are sometimes double. The main crop of flowers is in late summer and for this reason many people treat the form as a Group 3.

Group: Late large-flowered group
Approximate height: 2.5 - 5.0 metres
Flowering period(s): Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Aspect: Sun or semi-shade
Pruning: Light prune (Group 2)
Raised by: Ernest Markham
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Date raised: r1926 n1937 i1938
Parentage: Unknown
Other name(s): Mis-spelling: 'Earnest Markham'

Further detail:

Flower diameter: 10-15cm
Tepals: 6 (-8); elliptic to obovate, overlapping, apiculate, margin crimped