Elsa Spaeth is one of my favorite clematis for a variety of reasons
1.She is one of the first to bloom of the large flowered hybrids
2.She starts to open in a very deep purple skyward- facing cup shape
3.As her flowers open the color lightens ever so slightly and the red anthers begin to announce themselves
6.At any one time there will be all of the above variations in bloom on the vine
7. After a long bloom time she takes a short break , then she will bloom again later in the season
Really, what is not to like about that?