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Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans' (Vt/d) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub

Habit

Climbing

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Purple in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'

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

Double-flowered Viticella Group clematis are deciduous climbing shrubs with usually pinnate leaves, and nodding, open-bell-shaped flowers of small to medium-size, produced on the current year's growth in summer and early autumn

'Purpurea Plena Elegans' is a vigorous, deciduous climber. Distinctive very double, dusky-purple flowers to 5cm in width, paler in centre. Flowers mid summer to early autumn

Synonym(s)

  • Clematis viticella 'Elegans Plena'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing, North-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Plant in a moisture-retentive, well-drained soil, with the roots and base of the plant kept cool and shaded by other plants or a layer of pebbles at the base. Plant with the crown 5–8cm (2–3in) deep to encourage new shoots to grow from below ground level

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by layering or semi-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. Likely to be somewhat tolerant of clematis wilt