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Clematis armandii

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub

Habit

Climbing

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Cream and White in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Armand clematis

Family

Ranunculaceae


Clematis can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or herbaceous perennials, mostly climbing by twining leaf-stalks, and often with showy flowers. Some have attractive fluffy seed-heads in autumn

C. armandii is a large, vigorous evergreen climber with leathery, dark glossy green trifoliate leaves up to 15cm long. Single fragrant creamy-white flowers 5-6cm across with creamy stamens, in clusters in early to mid spring.

Synonym(s)

  • Clematis armandii var. biondiana

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Vigorous clematis for a warm south or south-west facing wall with protection from cold winds. Grow in any fertile, well-drained soil. Plant with the crown 5–8cm (2–3in) deep to encourage shoots to grow from below ground level. Keep the base shaded and cool by the careful positioning of plants or a layer of pebbles or flat stones

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by layering, semi-hardwood cuttings or hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pests

Young shoots may be troubled by aphids and caterpillars; petals can be eaten by earwigs

Diseases

May suffer from Clematis slime flux