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Clematis 'Sophia Plena'

Semi-double lilac-purple flowers with a greenish bar. This form is thought lost to cultivation.

This is a Japanese cultivar that was sent to Siebold in Leiden by Textor, a plant hunter. The name is in honour of the Dutch Queen Sophie of Würtenberg. The International Clematis Register and Checklist 2002 inexplicably says that the form is a seedling or selection from 'Sophia' but the reference given does not seem to support this.

Group:Early large-flowered group
Country of origin:Japan
Date raised: infodotb1848
Other name(s):patens var sophia flore pleno; patens 'Sophia Flore Pleno'; patens 'Sophia Plena'
Further detail:  infodot
Tepals: narrowly elliptic, pointed

Database entry: 2761