'C. montana' clematis References
Website/Catalog (29 Jul 2010) Includes photo(s).
Clematis montana Buch.-Ham. ex DC.
Fully hardy, very vigorous climber with profuse single white flowers, 5cm across, with creamy yellow anthers, borne singly or in short cymes, in spring. Pink forms are also grown. [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].
Horticultural & Botanical History
‘Certainly nothing can be more beautiful than [Clematis montana] for in the month of May, or even in April, on the south coast of England, it is one mass of the most brilliant snow-white blossoms tinged with a delicate pink. It is a species of the Flammula section, and not at all related to that called Cheiropsis, in which by some mistake it was stationed by DeCandolle. It is a hardy climber, flowering in May, and requiring the same treatment as the other hardy kinds of Clematis. It strikes freely from cuttings of the half-ripe wood, and grows very rapidly if planted in any strong rich soil. It is therefore well adapted for covering arbours, the flowers being sweet scented and produced earlier than any of the other hardy species. It was first brought from India by Lady Amherst, and distributed under the name of Clematis odorata, a name it still retains in some collections.’ [BR f.53/1840]. Introduced to Britain in 1831. [FC p.45/1838]. Wallich pl.217/1832.
History at Camden Park
Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.322/1857]. It may have been obtained from Loddiges’. It was included among desiderata in a letter dated 16th April 1846 [MP A2933-1, p.147]. In a letter dated 13th February, 1848, Macarthur reported: ‘the Clematis have since they came made shoots of 3 to 6 feet.’ [MP A2933-1, p.172].
Clematis montana D.Don (1825) = C. napaulensis DC., a Himalayan species which, although described much earlier, was apparently not introduced to Europe until 1912.
Book (Oct 2001) Page(s) 284. Includes photo(s).
Book (1999) Page(s) 236. Includes photo(s).
...sweetly perfumed, white to pale pink flowers with yellow stamens...
Book (Apr 1998) Page(s) 7.
... its botanical variants and cultivars... can rampage to great heights, delivering a waterfall of white or pink flowers in late spring...
Book (31 Oct 1993) Page(s) 97.
Website/Catalog (1962) Page(s) 48.
CLEMATITES MONTANA, très intéressantes pour leur robuste végétation et leurs fleurs moyennes en mai, une variété blanche et une variété rose. 1 m. 20 .....f 7,10
Magazine (1945) Page(s) 34.
Clematis montana, Mountain Clematis, is an easily grown species that is vigorous and satisfactory and may reach 25 ft. in height. Its white flowers, an inch or two across, are usually in small clusters on wood of the previous season.
Book (1915) Page(s) 176.
Clematis. — There is no more popular hardy climber than the Clematis. One or two should be grown in the smallest garden. They can be used to cover any structure from a few feet to 50 feet high. A selection of different sorts will ensure a succession of flowers from April to October.
C. montana has white flowers in April and May. This is the best to plant against the dwelling-house to cover an extensive wall space...
Website/Catalog (1912) Page(s) 77.
Spring & Summer Flowering Clematis.
Flowering during May, June and July.
As these flower upon the ripened wood of preceding year's growth, they must be but slightly pruned in winter.
Montana, pure white; wood-anemone-like... 1s. 0d
Book (1912) Page(s) 84.
Clematis L. — N. Pff. iii. 2. 62. — Ranunculaceæ-Clematideæ.
montana Buch. — DC. i. 9; Fl. Brit. Ind. i. 2; Kuntze, Mon. 141; Gard. Chron. 1905, ii. 368. 379. — Himalaya. — ♄ §. April.