Plant of the Month for November 2018

Clematis marmoraria
Clematis marmoraria

General Description:

This dwarf shublet clematis is endemic to two sites in Kahurangi National Park near Nelson, New Zealnd, where it grows on subalpine and alpine marble scree. Plants have a mat-like habit with evergreen parsley-like foliage and panicles of creamy-white 2-3 cm diameter flowers on 5-10 cm stems.  Plants are dioecious with seperate male and female plants.  Female floweers are slightly smaller than the males. In the wild, it blooms November and December.

Cultivation:

This species prefers alkaline pH and a gritty, well-drained site in full sun.  It is rated hardy in zones 7-10.  It is well worth growing as a pot plant overwintered in a cool but frost-free greenhouse in areas north of zone 7.

Blooming Season:

In the wild it blooms November to December but in the northern hemisphere, April and May.

Propagation:

Seeds; possibly cuttings

Division:

Not generally practiced.

Seeds:

Seeds must be fresh. Grow them cool 5-15 C

Cuttings:

Some sites suggest cuttings as an option but no details are available.

 

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