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Clematis alpina

Small nodding, mid-blue flowers with cream staminodes, white filaments and pale yellow anthers. Introduced into the UK from Europe in 1792 according to Whitehead (1959) although Johnson finds an earlier description in 1768. Given the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Merit in 1894, 1965 and the Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

In 1912, William Robinson writes in his book 'The Virgin's Bower', "A hardy, early and often neglected kind..."

Approximate height: infodot2.5 - 4.0 metres
Flowering period(s): infodotApr May
Aspect:Any aspect
USDA zones: infodot3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Pruning:No pruning (Group 1)
Country of origin:C & S Europe
Parentage: infodotSpecies
Other name(s):'Alpine Virgin's Bower'; atragene alpina. Wrongly: atragena alpina
Further detail:  infodot
Flower: 2.5-5cm long
Tepals: 4; ovate or oblong, long-pointed, tip sometimes recurves
Leaves: usually 2-ternate

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Database entry: 11