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'Guiding Star' (b1873)
Photo © 2008 Richard Green
Medium to large violet-blue flowers with lavender veining. White filaments and brown anthers. Raised by Cripps & Son before 1873. Confusingly, Cripps had given this name to an earlier cultivar (before 1866) which he later discarded. In 1912, William Robinson in his book 'The Virgin's Bower' lists this cultivar as "trusted to give lovely effects if culture and position be all [it] deserves."
It is widely held that this Guiding Star is synonymous with Lilacina Floribunda, but the International Clematis Register and Checklist 2002 suggests that more likely there was confusion between Crippss pre-1866 Guiding Star (Database entry 2172) and his pre-1880 Lilacina Floribunda (2334).
Late large-flowered group Approximate height:
2.5 - 3.0 metres Flowering period(s):
Jul Aug Sep Aspect:
Any aspect Pruning:
Hard prune (Group 3) Raised by:
Cripps & Son Country of origin:
United Kingdom Date raised:
b1873 Parentage: lanuginosa x viticella
'Lady Baldwyn' (Australia). Mis-spelling: 'Guidingstar'
Flower diameter: 11-15cm
Tepals: 6-8, pointed
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