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Clematis I.D?

We saw this unusual clematis growing in our local Victorian public garden today. Firstly is it a clematis, and if so is it really so old? It was approx. 8 foot tall, trained against a wall, but with a mix of other climbers and only one name tag,imageimage so it was difficult to ascertain if this was the correct name of the plant.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,394

    that's an abutilon. Don't know which one.image

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,882

    Good shout nutcutlet. It could be Abutilon megapotamicum.

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  • I have now googled Abutilon magapoticum and totally agree with you, it certainly has an unusual flower.  So perhaps muddled up in those climbing shoots is a clematis Lord Neville - but surely it wouldn't be so old - 1873?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,394

    year of introduction I should think GD. It's quite an old cultivar

  • It certainly is, and perhaps they have renewed the plant a few times since 1873 (that's cheating).  When we return I will look out for a flower (in Spring/summer) and post it on here.  I am intrigued to find which of those stems is actually the clematis. Thanks for identifying.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,394

    there's one stem near the bottom left that might be clematis, (only might be). Nothing else is.

  • Thanks for the link Richard - we often visit this garden for it's interesting variety of Victorian plants, many of which are similar to our own front garden which was also planted in Victorian times (1882 and thereabouts). We will endeavour to take a picture of Lord Neville when in flower.

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