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Clematis 'Moonlight'

Large cream flowers with a hint of greenish-yellow. Pale yellow anthers. A semi-shaded position will provide best flower colour. Faint, cowslip-like fragrance. Occasional flowers may be semi-double. The story of how this plant came to be is a long one, the condensed form is as follows. Given to Magnus Johnson in 1947 by the head-gardener at Copenhagen University's botanic garden. Named 'Moonlight' by Jim Fisk. There is confusion in the literature whether 'Moonlight' is the same plant as 'Wada's Primrose' syn 'Yellow Queen'. According to Magnus Johnson in Slaktet Klematis it is not. 'Wada's Primrose' differs by having taller growth, thinner stems, lighter foliage, convex leaflets (not wavy as with 'Moonlight'), lighter flower colour, flatter flower shape, the weaker appearance of the veining on the tepals and a lighter scent. Flower buds on 'Wada' are smaller and less downy; in spring the young growth is not as strongly bronze and on ripening the silky hair of the seed tail has a yellowish colour which does not shine golden as with 'Moonlight'.

Group:Early large-flowered group
Approximate height: infodot2.5 - 3.0 metres
Flowering period(s): infodotMay Jun Sep
Pruning:Light prune (Group 2)
Other name(s):'Lawsoniana-Henryi' NOT 'Lawsoniana Henryi' (no hyphen) except in error which is 'Henryi'; NOT 'Yellow Queen'
Further detail:  infodot
Flower diameter: 12-16cm Tepals: 6 or 8 (18-20), 7cm long, 2.5-3cm wide Leaves: ternate

Database entry: 327