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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.
Deciduous - early to mid season. Flowering on previous year's side shoots and in late summer on current year's tips
Height - 3m (10ft)
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 - single flowers 15cm (6in) across. Long flowering period.
Hardy - very cold winter - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
Full sun - shade roots and base.
Additional Features - Good to know - - remove dead and damaged stems before growth begins in early spring. Trim remaining stems to strong buds.
Pests & Diseases - cutworms, aphids on young plants, clematis wilt.
Place of origin - garden origin (UK)
Hardiness - Fully hardy -
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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