One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Friday, May 21, 2010
Clematis texensis 'Odoriba' in the Fern Valley Sunny Cultivar Bed
It's a hybrid in the Texensis-Odoriba group. I have yet to see a Texensis hybrid that wasn't beautiful and this is no exception. Except that it purportedly has no Texensis in it, being a cross between Clematis viorna and C. crispa. Both are natives. Whenever I delve into Clematis genealogy, I get the feeling that there are a lot of open crosses involved; serendipity and all that. Fathyers don't seem to be as readily identifiable as we might wish The parents of this plant did a good job whoever they were.