Clematis addisonii

Clematis addisonii

Habitat:
This specimen is well suited to a large pot or tub containing a premium potting mix. It can also be placed in the garden bed provided that the soil does not get water-logged during the colder/wetter months of the year. In both cases this plant should be be placed in a filtered light or part shade position. Part shade means protection from the midday sun during the hot times of the year.

Distribution:
Blue Ridge Mountains, encompassing Northern Georgia, North West North Carolina and South West Virginia.

Hardy to:
-12 Deg C

Flowering/Pruning:
Flowers on current season’s growth from mid-summer. Prune to ground level in late winter.

Feeding/Cultivation:
Regular feeding during the growing season and summer months with a long term blood and bone and sulphate of potash mix (10:1) + foliar feeding using for example Powerfeed or a mix of Powerfeed and seaweed solution (3:1).

Description:
A bushy subshrub with non-clinging leaves growing to around 1.5m. Leaves basically pinnate 2 or 3 pairs of leaflets. Flowers solitary, terminal or at the ends of small side shoots. Flowers rosy-purple or bluish-purple, cream within and along the margins.

Historical Background:
Clematis addisonii is named after Addison Brown. He was a jurist, botanist, and author. He was born February 21, 1830, in Massachusetts. In 1855, Brown was admitted to the New York bar. From 1881 to 1901, he performed the duties of district judge for the Southern District of New York. A respected name in the field of botany, Brown was on of the founders of the New York Botanical Garden in 1891. From 1896 to 1898, Brown co-authored three volumes of botanical research with Nathaniel L. Britton. The series was titled Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Brown died April 9, 1913, in New York City. Clematis addisonii was introduced from the mountains of Virginia in 1902.

Availability:
Plants not generally available from mainstream suppliers. Seed available from overseas suppliers. Google Clematis addisonii seeds. Plants not yet listed by Raithby.

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January 23, 2018