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Clematis 'Royal Velours'

Viticella Group clematis

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Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour






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photo by J S Sira, copyright GAP Photos (32382)

Plant details

Raised in France in 1914, 'Royal Velours' holds its own against modern varieties and has been given the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in recognition of its outstanding excellence. From mid-summer to early autumn it produces dark velvety purple flowers that look stunning against a grey or gold background. 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: Royal Velours

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 300cm

Spread: 90cm

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