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Clematis viticella 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'

Viticella Group clematis

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Deciduous climber

Flower colour






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Clematis viticella 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'

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Clematis viticella varieties are the ones to go for if you have had trouble with clematis wilt, as they are immune to it. Nevertheless, it still pays to plant deeply as this protects clematis from the effects of accidental knocks at the base - new shoots can still grow up from underground. Viticella varieties are invaluable for late season flowers, continuing long after most large-flowered hybrids are over. 'Purpurea Plena Elegans' is an eye-catching, violet, double variety that looks good growing up into a medium sized tree, or teamed with another climber on a wall, building or pergola. 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. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Clematis

Species: viticella

Cultivar: Purpurea Plena Elegans

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: Violet

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: 600cm

Spread: 180cm

Time to prune: February to March

Flowering period: July to September

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