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Sometimes known as 'Warsaw Nike', this stunning clematis was bred by Brother Stefan Franczak in Poland and introduced to this country in 1986. Its beautiful velvety purple flowers are produced from late spring to early summer, with a second show in early autumn. To prune, remove any dead or weak stems in late winter or early spring and cut remaining stems back to the highest pair of strong-growing buds. To encourage blooms to cover the whole plant, train the stems so that they are evenly spaced on their support. As new growth appears in mid-spring, train this to fill any gaps.
Cultivar: Warszawska Nike
Plant type: Deciduous climber
Flower colour: Purple
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: May to June
I've had this clematis now for 4 years and it goes from strength to strength. Last year it was a mass of blooms which lasted from May to July. This year, due to the cold and wet weather it's still in bud, but there looks to be even more than previous years. I cut out all the old growth in February. I accidentally broke off a piece of new growth, so put it in a pot of compost and it's growing away happily. My soil is well drained, in full sun, and neutral.
I had this for six or seven years.It appears to have died this year. It grew well in a large pot againt a west-facing wall. I don't know if it got clematis wilt or was crowded out by a clover-like weed (with yellow flowers and red leaves, v. common). It was beautiful. I'll have to replace it. I never knew which pruning group it fell into so it received a full chop one year and a light prune another. This year I cut it right back as I thought it had wilt. It grew weakly then died.
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