Clematis tangutica 'Radar Love - Flower Seeds, PERENNIAL vine
Trellis, fences, walls, pergolas, arbours, walls and trees. Useful as a screening plant for covering fences or buildings. Can also be planted to sprawl over and through large shrubs. The genus name Clematis derives from the Greek word klematis which is an old name applied to climbing plants.
The species name tangutica means ‘from Kansu’ (or Gansu) the place of its origin in northwestern China where the Tangut people live.
It is commonly called the Golden Clematis.
I can only guess that his plant was named as a tribute to the group ‘Golden Earring’, who wrote the song ‘Radar Love’ in 1973. Obviously... I'm not old enough to remember them, but you can watch the video which is currently on YouTube - or listen while you plant.
How to Grow Clematis
Clematis prefer their heads in the sun and their roots in the shade, so use other plants to provide the necessary shade or cover the ground with stones or flat pebbles.
Sow onto good quality compost, covering the seeds to approximatley their own depth with fine grit or compost. Germination can be slow, 2 to3 months is not unusual. Grow on in individual 3 inch pots before planting out with climbing support.
Prune the plants back in the winter just above the 2nd or 3rd set of buds, about 30 to 45cm (12 to 18in) above the ground. In subsequent years prune - This clematis belongs to Pruning Group 3 which means it should be pruned back hard (to approximately 20 to 30cm (8 to12in) from the ground) to strong leaf buds in late winter to early spring. Notwithstanding the general pruning rules for Group 3, C. tangutica plants typically bloom earlier and longer if not cut back so hard.
Japanese Maple, Climbing Rose, Daylily, Hydrangea, Butterfly Bush. Japanese Maple (foliage color often compliments flower color, most Clematis are native to Japan and this combination is often grown naturally together). Climbing Rose (flower texture and colors add contrast to the Clematis flowers while maintaining a similar foliage, this is not a plant we sell). Hydrangea (can help fill in the bottom when the vine matures upwards). Butterfly Bush (an additional source of color and also attracts pollinators, while filling in the bottom when Clematis begins to mature upwards).