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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Clematis montana var. rubens 'Freda'
Pronounced: KLEM-uh-tiss mon-TAN-ah RU-benz
Sunset zones: 3b-9, 14-18.
USDA zones: 6-9.
Heat zones: 9-6.
Height: 13-20 feet (4-6 m).
Late spring to early summer.
Cherry pink, 4-tepaled flowers have a light pink bar running down the center of each tepal and yellow anthers.
Deciduous, bronze to violet leaves turn green as they mature.
Full sun to partial shade.
Fertile, humus rich, well-drained soil.
Mulch well with composted manure or compost. Fertilize once a month with a complete organic fertilizer during the growing season.
Layer branches in late winter.
Basal and softwood cuttings in spring.
Division in spring.
Semi-ripe cuttings in early summer.
Pruning group 1 or A. You can hard prune, after flowering, to the ground every few years if needed.
Rainy Side Notes
One of the richest pink flowers in the Clematis montanas, 'Freda' really packs a wallop in late spring with its pink flowers against the dark foliage. Since this clematis is shorter and less rampant than other montanas it makes a good choice for smaller gardens than other montanas. It still needs a good structure, hefty shrub or small tree to grow on, no wimpy structures for this vine.
A seedling of Clematis 'Pink Perfection', 'Freda' was cultivated by Freda Deacon of Woodbridge, Suffolk, England. Jim Fisk of Fisk's Clematis Nursery introduced it to the nursery trade.