true color of rouge cardinal clematis - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by chianghj
June 1, 2005
This spring I bought a rouge cardinal clematis from Tagawa's nursery for $29.99 with your label. I wanted a red color.It's growing very well. However, much to my dismay and surprize, it's a deep pink- purple color, not even close to red. Why? All the labels were intact-no tampering. I'm puzzled by this. I don't wish to pull it out because it's so healthy. And actually the color is my favorite-I have much in this color. However, I did want red in this particular spot. Explain, please! Thanks, hjoan

Answer from NGA
June 1, 2005
'Rouge Cardinal' has large, velvety crimson colored flowers with beige anthers. This one flowers with great profusion over a long period of time: in May-June, and again in July August. I'm not sure a deep-pink purple is 'Rouge Cardinal'. I'm glad you like the flower color, though. Why not keep it and see if the flowers don't change a bit in color as the plant ages?

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