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Miniseelik clematis - will the real 'M' stand up

Posted by janepa Z5-6 PA (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 16, 09 at 7:45

I am curious about the Miniseelik clematis. When I do a search on this clematis, which I am adding to my garden today, I always find the following information

"Flowers opening bright red with a white stripe, flowering in masses. Tepals later fading to purplish-red, white stripe veined in red. Greenish-yellow anthers on white filaments."

It does not sound like the colors on the photos posted on a previous post here. When the buds first open on your clematis are they anywhere near red in color and do they have a white stripe? I tried to post my questions on the original post but I got a cookies error message. If you do a search here on 'Miniseelik' you might be able to find the original post I am talking about and see what I mean.

Thank you. Jane

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RE: Miniseelik clematis - will the real 'M' stand up

This is a picture of Miniseelik. I would hardly call it red; at best a purple leaning towards reddish.

It is a slow grower, getting maybe 8-9" it's first year after being planted the previous fall. Then 15+" with a few blooms the next. This year, its 3rd, it got about 3' and had about 20 cute little blooms. It's adorable, though it will require patience. I do have a rather cool z5 climate with long winters. Enjoy it!

RE: Miniseelik clematis - will the real 'M' stand up

Thank you Michael.

I did an search with images and found some photos, and like you mention it is hardly red. I have it planted in an area where the color you show should go well. I like the form of the bloom of your clematis and the color. I sure do not know where they get the red with white bar unless there are some imposters. Some photos show a light reddish purple, but that is as close to red as I have found.

It does not seem to be a widely grown clematis, at least not with anyone visiting the Clematis Forum. I also posted my question on the Perennial Forum hoping someone might have it in their garden.

Thanks again. Jane

RE: Miniseelik clematis - will the real 'M' stand up

I was trying to figure out what to pair Miniseelik with, but was confused about the color after seeing the photo in "The Pocket Guide to Clematis" where it looked very much red. Anyway, I am thinking of pairing Miniseelik with Kardynal Wyszynski. Another possible pairing would be with Ashva. Any thoughts in the subject? Thanks!

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