Introduced by Ernest Markham (Great Britain) ca. 1935 as 'Red Seedling,' it later became his namesake. The flowers of this clematis emerge purple and then change to a vibrant magenta... it could almost be considered a bi-coloured clematis. The magnificent bright green foliage makes for a superb contrast, which cannot be taken for granted on facades and walls! Similar hybrids such as 'Ville de Lyon' are often quite weak and have, apart from the flowers, rather thin stems with hardly any foliage. Ernest Markham grows easily after planting and remains vigorous. Sunny locations are essential to make the colours stand out better, as the flowers tend to become lighter! However, as for all clematis hybrids, hot south walls in full sun and without any shade at all are to be avoided. Flowering time (June) July - August (September); with light pruning, the plant will start to flower a little earlier. Flowers 12 -16 cm, for trellises 3 - 5 m high. Refer to our large-flowered clematis general information for guidance on location, pruning, suitable wire rope systems, etc..
Clematis seedling of unknown parentage