My Clematis jackmanii is beautiful and bountiful this year, but I am puzzled by a strange phenomenon regarding its flowers.
Named varieties of plants are supposed to have unique characteristics. But how am I to understand a plant that produces blossoms with four (normal), five, and even six petals? Is there a botanical explanation? Or is it one of those chance things that happen from time to time?
I have decided not be overly concerned about my wayward Jackman, but I would be quite interested if any of my viewers have experienced similar oddities with clematis or other plants.