Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ferdinand Bauer: Clematis viticella

A painting by Ferdinand Bauer was the basis for this hand-colored engraving by John Sibthorp and James Edward Smith. The engraving, which appeared in Flora graeca (1806-40) shows Clematis viticella, a vigorous climbing plant.

A few facts about Ferdinand Bauer

A few facts about Clematis viticella
1. Common names for the plant are Italian leather flower and Virgin's Bower.
2. The plant grows wild in Turkey, where Bauer and Sibthorp collected it.
3. It is cold hardy to -20F (-28.8C).
4. The plant grows from 10 to 16 feet.
5. In order to flower well, the plant needs to be pruned hard -- to the ground, almost -- in early Spring.

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