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PlantFiles: Clematis, Alpine Clematis
Clematis alpina 'Frankie'

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Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Species: alpina (AL-pin-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Frankie
Hybridized by Meecham, England; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1990

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One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Group:
Atragene

Height:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Bloom Shape:
Bell
Nodding

Bloom Diameter:
Medium - 2 to 5 inches (5 to 12 cm)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Pruning Groups:
Group 1 - Spring bloomers; no pruning

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral KirstenEC On Jan 24, 2014, KirstenEC from Ellicott City, MD wrote:

I think this plant would be very good in my yard, but I can't seem to find a US supplier. There are several UK sites that offer this plant, but the ones that I have checked out don't ship to the US. Since it's still January, I hope that some US supplier will be adding Frankie to their online listings site soon. If anyone can help me find a source for this plant, I would be much obliged. I am new to Dave's Garden and haven't created a list of plants that I have to trade yet, but I would be happy to dig up something to exchange for a Clematis 'Frankie'.

Neutral mystic On Sep 10, 2006, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Received The Royal Horticultural Society, Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in 2002.

Positive Shirley1md On Mar 31, 2006, Shirley1md from Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

This Clematis is part of the Atragene group that blooms in Spring. It was raised by Frank Meecham (U.K.) in 1990 & 1991, hence the name of this vine. The bluish flowers are nodding, long pointed & almost elliptical in shape with white staminodes in the center.

Positive Todd_Boland On Dec 11, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

A great mid-blue coloured alpine clematis. This cultivar looks very much like 'Francis Rivis' and is actually considered an improved version of that plant. Super hardy and floriferous with attractive fluffy seedheads by mid-summer.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Ellicott City, Maryland



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