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Clematis 'Gravetye Beauty'

Deep satin red upward facing tulips from July on, as the flowers age they splay open. Like others in the texensis grouping it can be prone to mildew in dry situations, so these should be avoided. Plant in sun or semi-shade with good air circulation and prevent drying out in spring and summer. Hard prune in spring. 3-4M high when happy. Although raised by Morel of France around 1900 Clematis 'Gravetye Beauty' was among a big batch of unnamed seedlings given to William Robinson at Gravetye Manor (whose head gardener Ernest Markham is equally well known) and introduced in 1914 by him.

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