Clematis viticella 'Purpurea Plena Elegans' is an eye-catching clematis, bearing violet, double flowers in a bewitching shade of purple. It's perfect for growing up a medium sized tree, or teamed with another climber on a wall, building or pergola. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Grow Clematis viticella 'Purpurea Plena Elegans' in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Ensure the roots are shaded and kept moist, to prevent Clematis wilt. Falling into Pruning Group Three, pruning is simple – cut back the stems to a pair of strong buds 30cm above ground level before growth begins in early spring.
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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