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Commonly known as 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.
Height - 2-2.5m (6-8ft)
Spread - 1m (3ft)
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 - a variable species with semi-nodding flowers and yellow or green anthers.
Full sun - provide shade for roots and base of plant.
Additional Features - Good to know - - if required, prune after flowering.
Pests & Diseases - cutworms, aphids on young plants, whiteflies under glass. Clematis wilt.
Place of origin - New Zealand.
Scented Plants - Scented flowers -
Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - - humus-rich. Mulch in late winter. Benefits from short intervals of dryness.
- Pruning Group 1 - Flowering mid / late spring
- Pruning Group 2 - Flowering late spring / early summer
- Pruning Group 3 - Flowering late summer / early autumn
- Training Climbers - Video Tip ondemand_video