This uncommon Clematis, native to Mongolia, is a graceful, vigorous and very floriferous climber. During summer and all the way through to autumn the plant is covered with canary yellow nodding lanterns that are 8 to 10cm (3 to 4in) wide. The blooms hang down with their edges curved upwards. In the autumn the flowers turn into beautiful large tufts of long silvery, silky seed heads that are just as ornamental.
Flowering only three months after sowing it is very easy to grow. It can be planted in a hanging basket then transplanted in the ground in the autumn, or can be used as a ground cover. It is excellent for cultivating on fences, walls, pergolas, arbors, walls and trees and is particularly useful as a screening plant for covering fences or unsightly buildings.
'Radar Love' is a hardy plant with low requirements it will tolerate a lot of different conditions but needs plenty of watering until it is established.
As with many clematis, they must have – “their face in the sun and their boots in the shade”. This plant looks amazing grown with other dark foliaged plants. It will live for many years and improve each season.
Sowing: Sow at around 20°C, in Late Winter/Early Spring or in Late Summer/Early Autumn.
Sow in a good quality seed compost, just covering the seed with sieved free draining potting soil or vermiculite. Germination 30 days at 20°C (70°F).
When large enough to handle, transplant to 7.5cm (3in) pots to grow on. When established, gradually acclimatize to outdoor conditions and plant out 30 to 45cm (12 to 18in) apart in ordinary garden soil with their roots in the shade and the rest of the plant in the sun. A groundcover plant, hosta or similar can be planted to shade the root area or mulch heavily. It also has a fibrous root system, so once you plant it, don't move it.
For baskets and containers, plant one per 30cm (12in) container and keep well watered.
You may need to water your plants on a daily basis during the hottest summer months. During the winter the roots should be kept moist. It is fairly drought tolerant, but in the first year it will need a lot of water as it gets established. Add water-absorbing polymers to the soil if necessary-- just make sure that it stays moist. Drainage is critical, it must drain well in the winter or the plant will rot.
Prune the plants back in the winter just above the 2nd or 3rd set of buds, about 30cm (12in) above the ground. In subsequent years prune to 75cm (30in) of the soil level.
Trellis, fences, walls, pergolas, arbors, walls and trees. Useful as a screening plant for covering fences or unsightly buildings
Clematis is a Latinised version of the Greek klēmatis which itself comes from klēma meaning ‘shoot’ or ‘twig’ and, thus, a plant which produces many shoots, that is, a climbing plant.
Clematis tangutica 'Radar Love' is also sold in some areas as Clematis tangutica 'Helios'.
I can only guess that his plant was named as a tribute to the group that wrote the song 'Radar Love' in 1973 -- 'Golden Earring'. 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 !
- Additional Information
Packet Size 25 Seeds Family Ranunculaceae Genus Clematis Species tangutica Cultivar Radar Love Synonym Also marketed as Clematis tangutica 'Helios'. Common Name (It has no Common Name) Hardiness Hardy Perennial Natural Flower Time Canary Yellow in Summer to Autumn Height 15m (45ft) in 5 to 10 years Spread 1m (3ft) Position Full sun or partial shade Soil Well drained, fertile soil Notes Vine / Climber