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Commonly known as Virgin's bower
Showy, sometimes blousey, long-flowering climbers with variety of shape and colour for all the year.
Genus of more than 200 species of deciduous, twining leaf-climbers, scandent shrubs, subshrubs and sometimes woody-based herbaceous perennials from Europe, the Himalayas, China, Australasia, North America and Central America.
More than 400 cultivars are in cultivation.
Native perennial Traveller's Joy or Old Man's Beard (C. vitalba) is a plant of hedgerows and wood edges whose climbing stems can reach to 30m.
Good to know - C. viticella and the small-flowering varieties are resistant to clematis wilt.
Pests & Diseases - cutworms, aphids attack young plants, whiteflies under glass. Clematis wilt.
Place of Origin - northern and southern hemispheres including Europe, Himalayas, China, Australasia, North and Central America.
Climber - Some of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clinging - attach to supports by means of leaf stalks.
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - perennials.
Full Sun - provide shade for roots and base of plant. Herbaceous varieties require full sun.
fertile well drained soil - humus-rich. Mulch in late winter.