Clematis 'Little Duckling
"Piilu" ™ (Patens Group) (pronounced pie-loo)
A recent introduction
from Estonia and the late plantsman / breeder Uno Kivistik and Aili
Kivistik from the former Soviet Union.
"Piilu" is a deciduous climber to about 2 m or 6 ft., height.
A cross between Clematis Hagley Hybrid and Clematis mahrouyi.
The leaves are ovate tapered and dark green.
know that the early flowers of Clematis" Piilu " t.m. were double?
It seems, most were unaware of that fact. As an attachment I have
included a very recent photo of " Piilu " in my Garden. The later
flowers are single,but plentiful,lasting until late September. All
of that, on a 4 to 5 ft. plant,who could ask for more.
Flowers first appear in
May - June which are double to 7cm across, while the later blooms are
single. The flowers are light purplish pink with an eye catching wide
dark purplish-red bar. "Piilu" is considered a large flowering Clematis
with numerous flowers on one year plants. I believe Clematis "Piilu" is
the very heaviest bloomer known at this time. Many Clematis bloom only
near the top of the plant, leaving the bottom bare, but "Piilu" blooms
top to bottom.
Reports from our Trial nurseries indicate "Piilu" started blooming in
May and keeps blooming until October. Many clematis varieties have
blooms that fade or shrink over time. "Piilu's blooms do neither, there
are always blossoms present, unlike most Clematis cultivars "Piilu" does
not take a mid-summer break.
Propagation prohibited except to licensed growers. Royalties from the
sale of this fine cultivar are forwarded to Mr. Kivistik's wife and
Clematis 'Little Duckling"
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