Is this Elsa Spath?

adiro(5b/6a Canada)July 13, 2008

Hi, I purchased several clematis throughout the spring and summer, and they are my first.

I bought two labeled Montana Alba, with a beautiful picture on the label. One of them didn't flower yet, one gave me some blooms, in spite of staying really small ( no more than two feet tall). When I planted it, I found a fingernail size label in the dirt, saying Elsa Spath. The big label hanging on the plant was Montana Alba, that was I was hoping for. The flowers look like this:;

Unfortunatelly, thinking it's a montana I was hoping on it growing large and covering the fence, however it looks so small and insignificant behind the hydrangea that I have in front.... many catalogues list it as a compact container variety, is it elsa spath and will it stay small? The flowers are much smaller than the Elsa Spath description adn they look darker than the pictures I've found too.

Please confirm, or ID otherwise, thank you!

PS: Thanks to Carol, that explained how to post pictures, I was also testing the techinque in this post, I just opened a Photobucket account :)

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jeanne_texas(Z 8B TX)

It looks like "Elsa Spathe" to me...Jeanne

Here is a link that might be useful: Clematis

    Bookmark   July 13, 2008 at 9:10AM
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carolfm(z7upstate SC)

Adiro, it looks like some of the photo's of Elsa Spath but I don't grow this one. Sometimes the blooms will be a little smaller on a new plant and the color in photo's depends so much on the climate and camera that was used that it makes it difficult to ID them from photo's at times. I doubt that it will get as big as a Montana, no matter who it is.


    Bookmark   July 13, 2008 at 12:57PM
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I dont have Elsa, but have seen it locally and loved it!


    Bookmark   July 14, 2008 at 2:04AM
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adiro(5b/6a Canada)

Thank you for answering, yes, I am happy s long as the plant is healthy, I'll be happy whatever it is because it's pretty. and my color schemes went down the drain anyway, with all the misslabeled plants that I bought. ( My roses my lilies my clems mostly all were mislabeled, so I have an ALL COLOR backard now)

    Bookmark   July 14, 2008 at 12:12PM
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