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Clematis 'Miss Cavell'

This cultivar is mentioned by Markham (1935) but now appears to be largely lost from the trade although an example survives in the Brewster Rogerson Collection (see photo). Markham describes it as "white with a green bar". The flower is very similar in form to patens, so with prominent anthers - in this case straw-yellow - and well-defined ribs down the centre of the tepals. According to Brewster Rogerson, the early flowers are sometimes semi-double. Named for the English nurse, Edith Cavell, who managed a nursing home in Brussels and helped wounded soldiers to escape during the first World War. She was executed by the German forces occupying Belgium in October 1915.

Group:Early large-flowered group
Approximate height: infodot1.5 - 2.0 metres
Flowering period(s): infodotJun Jul Aug Sep
Pruning:Light prune (Group 2)
Raised by:Faure
Country of origin:France
Date raised: infodot1918
Other name(s):'Edith Cavell'; 'Miss Cavel'
Further detail:  infodot
Flower diameter: 15-20cm

Database entry: 1165