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Large rose-purple to petunia-purple flowers, semi-fully double in June/July, single (picture 3) in August/September. The double flowers have up to 100 petaloids in 10 rows. White filaments and creamy-yellow anthers. Introduced by Charles Noble of Sunningdale in 1876. (C. viticella 'Grandiflora' x 'Fortunei'.) In myth Proteus was a Greek god who could change shape at will.

Group: Early large-flowered group
Approximate height: 2.5 - 3.0 metres
Flowering period(s): Jun Jul Aug Sep
Aspect: Semi-shade
Pruning: Light prune (Group 2)
Raised by: Charles Noble
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Date raised: 1876
Parentage: C. viticella 'Grandiflora' x 'Fortunei'
Other name(s): 'The Premier'; 'Protaeus'

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Charles Noble