45. Clematis montana De Candolle RANUNCULACEAE
A widespread and very variable Sino-Himalayan species, this is one of the best-known Himalayan plants in British gardens, occurring in a variety of forms differing in flower size and colour (of which pink is probably the best known). The white form was introduced from the Indian Himalaya in 1831 by Sarah, Countess of Amherst (1762–1838). Her husband was Governor-General of India and she was a keen natural historian and plant collector – she also gave her name to a spectacular pheasant. The large-flowered form, var. grandiflora, was first found in Nepal by Francis Buchanan.
Hand coloured lithograph of Clematis montana from Wallich’s Plantae Asiaticae Rariores t. 217
RBGE Living Collections Accession Factsheet
Scientific Name:Clematis montana Buch.-Ham. ex DC.
Collector:Edinburgh Makalu Expedition (1991)
Origin:Nepal:Barun Khola, Pematang Kharka