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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).
Cultivar: Purpurea Plena Elegans
Plant type: Deciduous climber
Flower colour: Violet
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry
Skill level: Experienced
Time to prune: February to March
Flowering period: July to September
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