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Plant Heritage announces Threatened Plant of the Year 2020 winners

Horticultural charity Plant Heritage has announced the winners of its first Threatened Plant of the Year 2020 competition, which was launched earlier this year.

The winning plant is Clematis montana var. rubens ‘Veitch’, grown by National Plant Collection Holder, Val Le May Neville-Parry in Wiltshire. Shropshire based National Plant Collection Holder, Melanie Lewis’ Aeonium ‘Bronze Teacup’ wins the Public Vote, as chosen by visitors to Plant Heritage’s website.

Launched in February, Plant Heritage called for any rare plants not consistently sold commercially to be entered into the competition. Several entrants later, 12 plants made the final shortlist*, and from these the two winning cultivars were crowned.

As the award ceremony could not take place at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in July as planned, the winners have instead been awarded their trophy, a winner’s certificate and a special plant label at a virtual ceremony held by Plant Heritage on Thursday 17 September. The winning two plants will also be on display at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival next year, alongside the entries for 2021.

Vicki Cooke, conservation manager at Plant Heritage says: “This is our first Threatened Plant of the Year competition, and it’s been a great success. A myriad of rare and beautiful cultivars were submitted, but only one can win. The Clematis ‘Veitch’ has a fantastic pedigree, being selected from a plant collected by one of the great plant hunters and is great for gardens because of its compact size. I’m also delighted that Aeonium ‘Bronze Teacup’ won the Public Vote, and hope both this and the Clematis ‘Veitch’ continue to flourish for many years to come.”

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