News Flash: Clematis Serious Black FOUND!

Sundquist Nursery Label for Clematis Serious Black

Sundquist Nursery Label for Clematis Serious Black

Update! If you didn’t get a chance to get to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in February to pick up your own Clematis Serious Black, all is not lost! Nils Sundquist of Sundquist Nursery — the nursery that was selling Clematis Serious Black at the Show — will also be selling this plant at his Garden Opens on the Kitsap Penninsula. See Nis’ comment below!

While wandering around the Northwest Flower & Garden Show today, enjoying the sites and feeding my need for spring, I asked each of the plant vendors I ran up on whether they carried clematis.  Several were selling Clematis armandii and one even had a couple of New Zealand clematis.  But when I stopped by Sundquist Nursery late in the day, I hit PAYDIRT!   Sundquist Nursery is selling bare-root plants of — drum roll, please — Clematis recta ‘Lime Close’, aka Clematis Serious Black!   

Oh, those lovely little roots!

Oh, those lovely little roots!

To learn more about this very interesting non-climbing clematis that sports  black (well, almost black) leaves, see my earlier post on the subject.  Clematis Serious Black was recently featured in Fine Gardening magazine, but the source mentioned for the plant (the Northwest Perennial Alliance) carries only seed.  As luck would have it, if you can get  yourself (or send a friend) to the Flower Show between now and Sunday (2/24) at the Convention Center in downtown Seattle, you too can have a bare-root plant of Clematis Serious Black of your very own (I  already bought mine!).  $12!!!  The box I found mine in seemed to have 15 or 20 more, so hurry on down!


  1. Ingrid said,

    February 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I wish I could get one………………


    • February 22, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      Hmmm, maybe I can bring a cutting with me when we meet at the International Clematis Conference in June in Germany.


  2. March 1, 2013 at 9:19 am

    from Nils Sundquist, Sundquist Nursery: Thank you for bringing attention to this plant. In the past, there may have been some confusion associated with the name, “Serious Black,” which (although apparently currently unused in the North American Clematis trade) could be a trademark. Brewster Rogerson’s Clematis recta webpage of the International Clematis Society specifies that ‘Lime Close’ and “Serious Black” are two names for the same plant. This confusing situation should be recognized and clarified. For the record, I offer this plant as Clematis ‘Lime Close’. ‘Lime Close’ is available on Open Garden days here at the nursery only. We don’t mail order. Thank you, Laura, for blogging this. Nils –


    • March 3, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Thanks for letting us know that we can still get this interesting clematis from your nursery after the Flower and Garden Show!


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