Clematis 'Miranda' / 'Floclemi'

Clematis of the Month for August 2021

described by Brigitte Niemela

C. 'Miranda'©Brigitte Niemela

Ancestry

The Clematis integrifolia, C. 'Miranda' is a sister of the well-known C. 'Arabella'. According to the breeder's homepage, Barry Fretwell, the two have the same ancestors. C. 'Arabella' came onto the market in 1990 and a few years later it spread all over the world and found many followers. Four years later, C. 'Miranda' was also available. But she never achieved the notoriety and popularity of her older sister. Other family members are C. 'Athena' and C. 'Amelia'.
C. 'Miranda' (right) grows a little bit lankier than C. 'Arabella'©Brigitte Niemela

C. 'Miranda' (right) grows a little bit lankier than C. 'Arabella'

C. 'Miranda' (left) and her sister, C. 'Arabella'(right)©Brigitte Niemela

C. 'Miranda' (left) and her sister, C. 'Arabella'(right)

'Miranda' aka 'Floclemi'

You may have seen the term 'Floclemi' instead of 'Miranda'. This is the license code that we also know from many other ornamental plants. 'Floclemi' stands for Florali Clematis.

Growth

C. 'Miranda' is part of the Integrifolia group. It is a herbaceous plant, i.e. it renews itself every year from the root stock and can therefore be cut back hard. It is also typical of the Integrifolias that they cannot climb themselves, but rather have a scrambling habit. If you want C. 'Miranda' to grow upright, she has to be tied up. She is also ideal for growing in or over a low shrub.

C. 'Miranda' grows a little lankier than her sister, C. 'Arabella'. Depending on the quality of the soil, it reaches 1.2 to 1.8 meters.
Flowers and upright buds of C. 'Miranda'©Brigitte Niemela

Flowers and upright buds of C. 'Miranda'

C. 'Miranda' in a garden situation©Brigitte Niemela

C. 'Miranda' in a garden situation

Flowering

The 9 - 13 cm large flowers consist of 4 to 6 gappy tepals. They are elongated, pointed and sometimes slightly twisted. The petals are dark purple and lighten a little over time. The center of the flower also looks dramatically dark at the beginning due to the red anthers. But this aspect soon disappears. Then the center of the flower is creamy white. The dark colored buds stand upright.

The long flowering time should also be emphasized. The first flowers appear at the end of May / beginning of June. If dead-headed regularly it will keep producing flowers until early autumn.
C. 'Miranda' and Rosa 'Jasmina'©Brigitte Niemela

C. 'Miranda' and Rosa 'Jasmina'

C. 'Miranda' and lilies©Brigitte Niemela

C. 'Miranda' and lilies

C. 'Miranda' in July with Lilium 'Salmon Flavour' and Veronica 'Lavendelturm'©Brigitte Niemela

C. 'Miranda' in July with Lilium 'Salmon Flavour' and Veronica 'Lavendelturm'

C. 'Miranda' and Alchemilla mollis©Brigitte Niemela

C. 'Miranda' and Alchemilla mollis

The flowering time of C. 'Miranda' coincides with peonies at the end of May©Brigitte Niemela

The flowering time of C. 'Miranda' coincides with peonies at the end of May

Pot culture

C. 'Miranda' is ideally suited for pot culture. According to information from Mr. F.M. Westphal, you can even overwinter them outdoors without winter protection.
Comparison from left to right - C. 'Arabella', C. 'Zoblueriver' BLUE RIVER, C. 'Miranda', C. 'Zobluepi' BLUE PIROUETTE, C. 'Juuli', C. 'Roguchi', C. × durandii and C. 'Cleminov 51' SAPHYRA INDIGO©Brigitte Niemela

Comparison from left to right - C. 'Arabella', C. 'Zoblueriver' BLUE RIVER, C. 'Miranda', C. 'Zobluepi' BLUE PIROUETTE, C. 'Juuli', C. 'Roguchi', C. × durandii and C. 'Cleminov 51' SAPHYRA INDIGO

Acknowledgements

I would like to express my very special thanks to Mr. Friedrich Manfred Westphal. He explained in detail the background to the different names as well as his experiences with the variety.

Brigitte Niemela Brigitte Niemela



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