Clematis (tessen - 鉄仙)

Clematis were introduced to Japan from China during the 17th century. Japanese gardeners made a lot of selection to improve the flowers. Japanese and Chinese clematis were brought back to Europe in the the 18th and 19th century and a lot of hybrids were created between the local species and these new Asian varieties. This is why our common garden clematis have often a Japanese or Chinese parent.


Clematis patens,Hakone Botanical Garden, Kanagawa pref.,Japan [source]
Sparrow and clematis (1847 - 1852) - detail - print by Hiroshige [source]




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