clematis in need of identification

Could someone enlighten me on the name of this clematis which was left in a corner of my potager in a small pot for me to find by one of the many visitors to my garden?  I did recognise it as a climber, put it in a big pot with a stake and put it under my Fuchsia magellanica to shade its roots, then forgot it was there and now its purple flowers with pale green middles are scrambling through the big fuchsia bush and I cannot tell my visitors its name because no one has owned up to leaving it for me.

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,198
    Its a beautiful colour ! I don't know it, but there are a number of clematis id sites on the internet - i use one called " clematis on the web"
    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    Could it be Polish Spirit? I'm no clemaris expert but it looks like something that I have  always taken to be Polish Spirit.

  • Thank you, waterbutts.  That looks like it.  I shall now label it.  It is very pretty.

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    Ours has hundreds and hundreds of flowers on right now. The plant is more purple than it is greenimage

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,484

    I'd agree with Polish spirit which I also have - it's a Group 3 and a 'good doer'.  I cut mine back to about 30cm every Spring - grows back to about 3-4m and gets absolutely covered in flowers. image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Wow, now was that not a lovely present to leave me in my potager?  It does have loads of flowers on it still in bud so, if the weather staysbenign the fuchsia is going to be a riot of red and purple for a good few week's yet.

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,198

    Back again - but at a proper computer this time, so had a look on my "Clematis on the Web" site.  Not sure it is Polish Spirit because the flowers only have four petals, whereas Polish Spirit has five.  There is a four petalled one called Liisu, which might be a candidate.  However, I would have a look yourself, because only you will be able to see whether the bars on the petals look right - its difficult to pick that up in a picture. 

    Link is here:

    http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=814

    There is a handy feature where you can input all the details you know (flower colour, flowering time etc etc) and it will come up with all  the potential candidates.

    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,484

    My Polish Spirit only has 4 petals, chicky.  The number is variable with most clematis. image 

    BTW, ever tried real Polish spirit?  Not a beverage for the faint-hearted (It'll strip varnish, too!)

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

    That is a beautiful flower, amazing colour and a great photo happymarion........ what a fantastic gift!

     

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    Er yes, Bob. One house we bought was owned by a Polish couple. The husband was clearly keen on a tipple as there was a full bottle and a bit of this stuff when we opened the garage.

    I use it for cleaning as it's virtually 100 proof.

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