If you love tulip-shaped clematis (those in the Texensis Group) such as: C. ‘Duchess of Albany’, C. ‘Gravetye Beauty’, C. ‘Sir Trevor Lawrence’, etc., I know you’ll be totally enamored of Clematis MIENIE BELLE because this cutie is a miniature version of its larger cousins. When I first saw its name I wondered if the word “Mienie” was some type of synonym for “mini”. As it turns out, it is named in honor of the late Mrs. Mienie Fopma-Manten, wife of the acclaimed Dutch clematarian, Jan Fopma.
I cannot tell you how excited I was when it first bloomed for me. It had the cutest little pink buds that were the size of the tip of my index finger (see above picture). When the bud popped open it revealed its six pointed, trumpet-shaped tepals. Its flowers are a mere 1 1/4” in diameter and colored a cotton candy pink. Each bloom gradually opens into a star-like-flower. Its stamens are creamy yellow. It will grow to a height of 5 to 6 feet and because of its compact size it makes a perfect container selection. When planting, choose a sunny location. Growing in USDA Zones 4 through 12, this clematis has the ability to repeat bloom throughout the season. It should be pruned hard. However, in colder areas it may freeze down to the ground, reappearing each spring.
Clematis MIENIE BELLE is a Dutch clematis that was raised by Wim Snoeijer in 2000 and introduced by J. van Zoest B.V. in 2007.