NEW ZEALAND CLEMATIS FROM CUTTINGS
Terry C. Hatch
It is strange that a large proportion of New Zealand plants are: (a) white-flowered, and (b) unisexual.
These two factors are well illustrated by the genus Clematis ‘N.Z.’ Of the ten species, two have white flowers and the rest have green-yellowish ones; all are evergreen. Bearing this in mind, we come to the reason for producing them from cuttings. The species most commonly grown is the showy Clematis paniculata, bush clematis, or Pua-whananga. In spring the bush is lit with festoons of starry white flowers on woody vines climbing over the trees and shrubs; the large 10 cm. flowers in panicles of one hundred or more.
For years it has been the practice to dig seedlings from the bush; these do not always grow and then, more often than not, very slowly. Over the past seven years I have been selecting cutting material from the wild to produce a small number of large flowered-plants. The male plants have the largest flowers, often twice the size of the female.
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