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Clematis "Jan Pawel II" (John Paul II) Note Card
It’s a very interesting story about a Polish priest in Warsaw who has become world-renowned for his numerous cultivars of the clematis vine, all of which he has named for various aspects of Polish history.

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Clematis "Jan Pawel II" (John Paul II) is a hardy, long-flowering Polish cultivar with a moderate growth rate.  Large, alabaster white flowers with a pale pink bar along the center of the petals becomes darker and more distinct in autumn bloom.   Bred by Brother Stefan Fanczak of Warsaw, Poland and introduced in 1979.
A Jesuit priest from Warsaw, Brother Stefan Franczak, though a world-renowned clematis breeder, is a man of great modesty and diligence.  He began growing clematis back in the 60's, and so far he has raised and names over 80 cultivars, more than 60 of which have been officially registered.  He has raised the largest number of Clematis cultivars of all living clematis breeders, though it is the flowers' quality and not their quantity that makes his achievement so remarkable.  Many of his clematis are acknowledged to be some of the most valuable cultivars that have been selected during the last 20 years.

The names of the majority of Brother Stefan's cultivars are related either to eminent figures of the Polish Church ('Jan Pawel II', 'Kardynal Wyszynski', 'Matka Urszula Ledochowska', 'Matka Siedliska', etc.)  As a result, millions of people around the world have a chance to find out, for instance, who Cardinal Wyszynski was, or what role the Polish Army played in the battle of Monte Cassino.  For many it is the first contact with Poland, and it often acts as an incentive to learn more about the Polish history and its problems.  We can therefore say the Brother Stefan's clematis cultivars contribute greatly to promoting Poland and its achievements in the world.
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