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Clematis 'Killdeer'

Small, semi-double, broadly bell-shaped, nodding or drooping flowers; deep blue with a narrow, paler margin, whole sepal flushing purple in cool weather. Staminodes sepaloid, flattening back towards the sepals as they mature, 4 cm long, slightly paler than sepals, very downy. Filaments creamy green, downy; anthers short, downy, yellow. Fruit-heads persistent.

So named because a pair of killdeer, Charadrius vociferus, nested under the original plant in 2007

Group:Atragene group
Approximate height: infodot3.0 - 4.0 metres
Flowering period(s): infodotApr May Jun | Aug Sep Oct
Pruning:No pruning (Group 1)
Raised by:Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection (FRCC)
Country of origin:USA
Date raised: infodotrn2007 i2012
Parentage: infodotChance seedling; parentage unknown
Other name(s):None known
Further detail:  infodot
Tepals: 4; 5cm long, 1.5cm wide, gappy, ovate-lanceolate, long-pointed, margins curling back at maturity to give sepal a shape “like a canoe’s prow”

Database entry: 3868