Clematis 'Entel'

Clematis of the Month for November 2023

Described by our current Treasurer, Roy Nunn

C. 'Entel'©Roy Nunn

C. 'Entel'

The first record of Clematis 'Entel' growing in our garden is of the image above, processed for a talk in 2008, but C. 'Entel' had been in our garden two years before that date. The plant was purchased from the Kivistik Nursery during our second I.Cl.S. visit to Estonia in the summer of 2006. I also purchased C. 'Tentel' at the same time, this being my favourite in a series of Clematis named from a nursery rhyme (Clematis 'Entel', 'Tentel', 'Trikatrei', 'Uhtsi', 'Kaaru' and 'Kommerei') but after the original plant of C. 'Tentel' and two grown-on cuttings which failured when planted out, it became obvious that it could not cope with our garden environment, unlike C. 'Entel' which has thrived.

It is very light in colour (almost white), so I think it benefits from being planted in partial shade. It also has a strong constitution as it competes, not only with its host a variegated Holly (Ilex), but three other clematis, which includes a very vigorous C. cirrhosa.

It was introduced by the Kivistik Nursery in Estonia in 1987 and registered in 2000. It is listed in the Clematis Register as a cross between C. 'Alba Luxurians' × C. 'Hagley Hybrid' where it shows a distinct link to the Viticella Group. The flowers generally are 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter with a few to a minimum size of 7.5 cm (3 inches), with most flowers having 4 sepals, with the occasional flower with 5 or 6 sepals. The overall flower colour appears to be white to very pale pink. The colour of the face of sepals is light violet 85D Ref 1 darkening to a central bar of Violet 85C. The reverse of the flower sepals is Violet 85B, with central veining to purple violet N80C. The central boss is light yellow 4D.

C. 'Entel'©Roy Nunn
C. 'Entel'

C. 'Entel'©Roy Nunn
C. 'Entel' first flowering above, this year 2023 in July competing with C. 'Solina'. (Note; it was a month late in flower this year). Obviously not as much flower power as C. 'Solina' but it usually manages to continue to flower at least a month after C. 'Solina' - this year just into early September.

C. 'Entel'©Roy Nunn
Above a flower that has just fully opened (right) and a more mature flower (left) which shows virtually no sepal colour variation (fading), but the central boss on the mature flower is browning at the edges.

C. 'Entel'©Roy Nunn
C. 'Entel' in late August flowering with C. 'Fukuzono' a treasured gift from my late friend Bernard Allen.

References

Ref 1 - Refers to the RHS Colour Chart

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