Flower Bio: Clematis


Flower Bio: Clematis
  • Posted January 10, 2015

Botanical Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Related To: larkspur, love-in-a-mist, monkshood, Lenten rose, columbine

Born In: primarily of Asian origin, but a few of the 300 or so clematis species are native to Europe and North America

Bred By: George Jackman of Surrey, England bred the first variety of clematis introduced to European gardeners in 1862; Raymond Evison of Guernsey, UK is the most prolific clematarian alive today, having introduced over 100 varieties in the last four decades, including many that have won medals at the world’s top flower shows

All-Star Varieties: ‘Polar Bear’ (extra-large double white variety AKA ‘Arctic Queen’); Jackmanii (George Jackman’s original introduction, a purple-flowered variety); ‘Betty Corning’ (highly fragrant light purple variety)

‘Polar Bear’

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Jackmanii

‘Betty Corning’

Fun Fact: The leaves of clematis contain essential oils that give them a spicy flavor. Though the plant is considered toxic if consumed in large quantities, settlers in the American West used the ground leaves as a pepper substitute to liven up their meals.

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Brian Barth
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After 15 years as a professional landscape designer and horticulturalist, Brian Barth embarked on a second career to share his passion—and the knowledge he's accrued—through writing. His love of plants is all-encompassing, but he has a particular soft spot for culinary crops.


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