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Commonly known as Alpine clematis, Virgin's bower
Showy, sometimes possibly too showy, 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. The climbing stems can reach to 30m.
Deciduous - early flowering species. Bears flowers on previous year's shoots and, sometimes, on new growth in summer.
Height - 2-4m (6-12ft)
Spread - 1.5m (5ft)
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 - nodding, bell-shaped flowers 3-5cm (1¼-2in) across.
Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Full sun - provide shade for roots and base of plant.
Additional Features - Good to know - - C. alpina varieties tolerate cold, exposed sites. Prune after flowering to allotted space to encourage growth for next season's flowers.
Pests & Diseases - cutworms, aphids on young plants, clematis wilt.
Place of origin - Europe.
Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - - humus-rich. Mulch in late winter.
- Pruning Group 1 - Flowering mid / late spring
- Pruning Group 2 - Flowering late spring / early summer
- Pruning Group 3 - Flowering late summer / early autumn
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