Clematis armandii


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Plant type

Evergreen climber

Flower colour






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Plant details

One of Roy Lancaster's favourite evergreen climbers, Clematis armandii brightens up the garden in early spring with its fragrant white flowers which smell like hawthorn blossom. Its long, mid-green leaves look attractive all year round and make an effective screen. It was first introduced to England in 1900 by the great plant hunter Ernest Wilson who originally discovered it in China. As this vigorous climber is on the tender side, it is best grown against a sheltered wall away from cold winds. It requires little pruning other than the removal of any dead or damaged growth after flowering.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Clematis

Species: armandii

Plant type: Evergreen climber

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Bronze

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 500cm

Spread: 300cm

Reader reviews


Can I take cuttings from this aswell? Mine flowered for the first time this year but all the flowers have gone. Should it still be in bloom and should I dead head the dead flowers.




My very mature clematis armandii died off last year. It looks as though this problem is happening again with my younger armandii. Have you any suggestions why this may have happened and is there any way I can save my existing one? I have kept is well watered just recently due to the dry weather. I also have a stone shading the roots.

Also, some of the leaves on my newly planted climbing rose are curling in wards. Amny suggestions?



A nice plant but quite a monster in terms of growth so it needs to be placed somewhere where it can happily romp away. The downside is the brown leaves caused by frost damage. Good fragrance but doesn't always look its best due to the frost.


I planted one last year and it has been nibbled all over by something. Could it be earwigs? My garden is very well drained.


I really love this plant, because it has such gorgeous flowers and scent and evergreen leaves BUT it is a nightmare to get established and once you've achieved that (two plants later in my case - NOT cheap!!), they seem to catch every nasty in the book! I would seriously recommend going for one of the montana clematis or the yellow winter flowering (sorry can't remember name - Bill McKenzie??) as they are so much easier and less prone to death!!


Hvae both the white and Apple blossom variety. Have hod to cut right back twice and has regrown even better than before. Tkes at least one year to produce the same amount of flowers again. Birds love to nest in the cradles of branches


I too have had to cut my 'Apple Blossom' right down to provide it with a stronger arch to grow over. It came back really strongly and currently(early April) is stunning.I can smell the blossom over 5m away.
It is a very strong grower and needs space to grow into - with a strong support to cling onto as the weight gets heavier with each year.
I love it, beautiful flowers and perfume in spring, bronze new foliage, evergreen and mine usually provides me with a second flush of flowers in late summer. A plant I would not be without.


I planted one and left it .
Now I've got to go and cut it back .Hard to grow I think not!!!!!

Shrinking Violet

I have this growing at the front of the house against the wall - north facing. It shouldn't thrive - but it is in full and glorious bloom at the moment.

I'm in the South West and have a very favourable microclimate because of the surrounding hills, so this probably accounts for it. But it is stunning.


So easy to grow - mine has taken over a 10' length of fence and carried on to ramble throughout a tree in its path. Fantastic show of perfumed flowers so early in the year - not bad for a reduced sickly looking plant from my local nursery. Does need to be regularly trimmed back!


I had a clematis armandii in our old garden that I loved, and have tried it in the much smaller, north-facing one we have now, where it's proved much more difficult to manage. Now very leggy, it could perhaps gain from being cut back for a fresh start, but I'm afraid of doing this after what I've read elsewhere about its hatred of major pruning. Several contributors here say they've cut theirs back and with success, and I'd be grateful for their advice on how I could follow their example. I can be sent a message through the GW system.

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