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Photo © 2002 Ian Lang
Photo © 2001 Ken Woolfenden
Photo © 2007 Margareta Ciragan
Reverse of flower - Photo © 2007 Finn Rosholm
Bud - Photo © 2003 Ian Lang
Seedhead - Photo © 2005 Debbie Fischer/Silver Star Vinery
Clematis 'Mrs Cholmondeley'
Large to very large lavender blue flowers with attractive darker veining and brown anthers, sometimes early flowers are semi-double (see third picture). In 1993 the variety was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. In 1912, William Robinson in his book 'The Virgin's Bower' lists this cultivar as "trusted to give lovely effects if culture and position be all [it] deserves."
Unusually, we have included a fourth flower picture (not, we know, a seedhead!) which shows just how large these flowers can get in good growing conditions.