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
Viticella Group are deciduous climbing shrubs with usually pinnate leaves, and nodding, single to double, open-bell-shaped flowers of small to medium-size, produced on the current year's growth in summer and early autumn
'Étoile Violette' is a large, vigorous deciduous climber with mid green leaves in 5 leaflets. Profuse single flowers to 10cm in width, with four to six broad, velvety textured deep purple sepals and a small boss of cream stamens produced mid to late summer.