Bred around 1903 by Francisque Morel (France), named after a countess and benefactress of clematis culture, herself owner of a garden in Chasselay on the Rhone (in those days many gardens were able to survive only with support from the nobility). Thanks to its clear, neutral dusky pink colour and no veins, this clematis is very versatile: it can be used as companion plant (with a rose, for example) and it also thrives in shade. In photographs its colours often appear somewhat distorted, i.e. with a blue hue. It is similar to the Hagley Hybrid but has lightly coloured stamens. In the course of the year, it is one of the first late flowering varieties, flowering from late June until September. The tips of the petals have a tendency to slightly curl under. This is a favourite variety for beginners: impressive, healthy, vigorous and reliable. It easily reaches a height of 3 – 4 metres, is not very vulnerable to clematis wilt. Flowers abundantly in the garden of the artist Monet in Giverny, France, along a sunny wall. Refer to the general information for guidance on location, pruning, suitable cable systems, etc..
('Comtesse de Bouchaud' belongs to the 'Jackmanii' group).