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Clematis 'Polish Spirit'

Viticella Group clematis

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Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour






Skill level


Clematis 'Polish Spirit'

Plant details

Holder of the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in recognition of its outstanding excellence, 'Polish Spirit' was raised by Brother Stefan Franczak in Poland. Its rich purple-blue flowers appear in profusion from mid-summer to early autumn. Growth is very vigorous and the plant retains its foliage well throughout the season. 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: Polish Spirit

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 400cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to prune: February to March

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I have a Polish Spirit Clematis that I just love! I would like to propagate it. What is the best method?

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