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Which clematis has the darkest leaves?

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    Posted: 09 Feb 2013 at 3:33pm
Hello everyone!

I would really like to grow a clematis with dark purple leaves. Do they exist, and if so, what would you recommend? Ideally, I would like a vigorous, robust and fast-growing one, like a montana, but happy to try anything really, as long as it can survive a hard frost and a bit of snow.

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  Quote schristmas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Feb 2013 at 11:44pm
Hi,
There are few clematis with truly dark purple leaves and those that show this trait tend to lose it as they mature.
 
Of those you are interested in, certain montanas display dark green to bronze foliage (Mayleen or Pictons Variety spring to mind).
 
 
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Many thanks for this- extremely helpful, I will investigate the varities you suggest.Smile
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Montana  'Freda' are the darkest in the Montana Group!
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Do bear in mind that montanas are not that hardy, sugest that you look around in others garden to see if they grow well. Might be okay in Newcastle as it is near the coast.
 
In Cambridge montanas have been killed by the last few winters. I have seen montanas in Edinburgh botanics, but they were looking a little sad. The furthest north I have seen a montana was on the north eastern end of Loch Lomond, but this was in an area where the the body of water protected the plant from frost.
 
C. montana Freda has survived in our garden, whereas three other clones have been killed.
 
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