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dsflaks54
Jun 29, 2014 1:24 PM CST
I have a purple clematis plant that is about 10 years old and very summer there is always one white flower on it. I have checked it and it is on the same plant was the purple flowers. Anybody know why I the one white flower?
Indianapolis (Zone 5b)
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Shade
May 25, 2015 4:31 PM CST
Hybrid flowers of all types are crossed with other varieties to obtain particular colors. It is possible and highly likely in my opinion that your clematis's heritage has a white variety in the lineage and its just showing its ancestry. Another possibility is the soil conditions. Although I have never heard of a clematis doing this but some plants flowers are sensitive to pH of the soil like hydrangeas. Pink or blue hydrangeas will flip colors depending on the soil pH. Acidic soils make blue Hydrangeas turn pink and alkaline soils make pink hydrangeas turn blue. My bet though is its an ancestry issue. May I ask what variety of clematis you have?
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Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
May 25, 2015 6:02 PM CST
I agree with Shade. its probably a hybridization issue or something... is "hybridization" even a word? haha
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
May 25, 2015 6:04 PM CST
DAMN! I just noticed this post is almost a year old. hopefully you've gotten an answer by now!
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
May 30, 2015 7:26 PM CST
We planted one last spring, we was so proud as it has been growing and looking great, getting so tall we made a nice trellis
for it, we noticed today something has been eating the bottom and destroyed all but one of the stems.....a rabbit?, we
have been seeing one in the yard lately. Now we likely have to wait till next spring to see if it pulls out of it and gets a
good start again. I don`t know any answer to the posted question, but just wanted to tell about the fate of mine, sorry
I hitch-hiked your thread.
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 30, 2015 8:04 PM CST
If you have any spare deer mesh, hardware cloth (which is metal), bird mesh, garden wire fencing, put it around the bottom 3' of the clem. Rabbits love new growth while deer do as well but will eat the leaves (not the stems). Use Sluggo or some slug/earwig product to protect it.

If you're sure it's a rabbit you can sprinkle quite a bit of Blood Meal around it. That won't hurt the clem but the rabbits, who hunt by scent, won't care for it.
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
May 31, 2015 6:07 AM CST
@dsflaks54 only stopped in on ATP to make the one post. The answers will be helpful to other members who come along to view this thread. I tip my hat to you.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
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freedombel
Jun 1, 2015 6:22 PM CST
freedombel said:We planted one last spring, we was so proud as it has been growing and looking great, getting so tall we made a nice trellis
for it, we noticed today something has been eating the bottom and destroyed all but one of the stems.....a rabbit?, we
have been seeing one in the yard lately. Now we likely have to wait till next spring to see if it pulls out of it and gets a
good start again. I don`t know any answer to the posted question, but just wanted to tell about the fate of mine, sorry
I hitch-hiked your thread.


you bet, we have mesh netting all around it now.
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Jun 1, 2015 6:38 PM CST
The first time I saw a rabbit stretch upwards I was so surprised at how large they really are and how far they can reach.

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