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Clematis viticella 'Mary Rose'


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Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour






Skill level


Clematis 'Mary Rose'

Plant details

Viticella clematis usually have pinnate leaves and nodding, single or double, open-bell-shaped flowers. The flowers of Clematis 'Mary Rose' are fully double and grey-purple. It's thought that the cultivar is very old, and was known as C. peregrina purpurea 'Flore Pleno' in 1623, and the 'double purple virgin's bower' in 1629. It was reintroduced and renamed in 1981 by Barry Fretwell after one of Henry VIII's warships, which sunk in 1545.

Grow 'Mary Rose' in a container where you can train it up an obelisk, or allow it to scramble though a shrub or small tree in the herbaceous border. 

Being a summer-flowering clematis, 'Clematis 'Mary Rose' is in Pruning Group 3. Simply cut stems back to the lowest pair of buds in February or March. 

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Clematis

Cultivar: Mary Rose

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 250cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to prune: Early spring (Pruning Group 3)

Time to plant: October to May

Flowering period: July to September

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