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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 - 2-3m (6-10ft)
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 - early-flowering on previous year's growth. Flowers to 10cm (4in) across followed by silver seed heads. Occasionally flowers from summer to early autumn.
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 - shade roots and base.
Additional Features - Good to know - - prune to allotted space after flowering to encourage new growth for next season's flowers.
Pests & Diseases - cutworms, aphids on young plants, clematis wilt.
Place of origin - Russia(Siberia), Mongolia, China(Gansu)
Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
Scented Plants - Scented flowers - - sometimes scented.
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
- Training Climbers - Video Tip ondemand_video