Clematis 'Alba Luxurians'

Viticella Group clematis

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Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour






Skill level


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Plant details

One of Nigel Colborn's favourite clematis, C. 'Alba Luxurians' is covered in flowers from mid-summer to late autumn. Its white blooms are tinged with mauve and have a greenish tips. It is a member of the viticella group of clematis and as such it shows good resistance to clematis wilt. As with all the late-flowering clematis, pruning is easy. Simply cut back the stems to a pair of strong buds 15-20cm (6-8in) above ground level before growth begins in early spring. This pruning technique makes late-flowering clematis useful for training into shrubs, trees and climbing roses as the clematis growth is removed each spring and so never becomes too much of a burden on its supporting plant.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Clematis

Cultivar: Alba Luxurians

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 400cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to prune: February to March

Reader reviews


Thank you - brilliant service! Really quick and just what I needed to start planning our garden planting.

Jess is in the Garden

Having had many clematis varieties, I can honestly say this is my favourite. I give it the Valentine's Day massacre (prune it hard back to the first set of good buds) on February 14th, and from that it then grows to a whopping 3m plus, every year, flowering absolutely all over, for a long time.
The flowers are almost pale blue and light up a large fence in my garden.
Just beautiful.
Hardly gets ill at all - I spray it regularly with SB Invigorator Spray all Spring, to keep it disease-free, but it seems much tougher than my other viticella. Nelly Moser.

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