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CLEMATIS 'Alionushka'

Image of Clematis 'Alionushka'

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

CLEMATIS 'Alionushka'

Plant Common Name

Alionushka Clematis, Clematis, Integrifolia Clematis

General Description

This unique, floriferous clematis displays numerous rose-pink, nodding, bell-shaped flowers from late spring to frost. Developed in the Ukraine in 1969, ‘Alionushka’ resulted from a cross between the climbing hybrid ‘Nezhdannyi’ and the bushy species Clematis integrifolia. Its habit is intermediate between that of its parents, and it is at its best when planted among shrubs and perennials in the mixed border, where its tumbling stems can weave themselves among the other plants of the garden.

The tapered, oval-shaped, deep green leaves of this perennial are held in opposite pairs on dark, purple-tinted stems. Beginning in late spring, many bell-shaped flowers with flaring, skirt-like petals dangle elegantly above the foliage. The blossoms are rosy pink with deeper rose tones, and are pollinated by many insects. Small, silvery, pompom-like seedpods follow the flowers, and are also quite decorative.

Clematis thrive in full to part sun and moist, fertile, well-drained soil with a pH as close to neutral as possible. Preferring cool roots, they benefit from a layer of mulch in summer, and are best planted where their root zone is shaded by the foliage of other perennials. ‘Alionushka’ creates a particularly stunning display when combined with the blooms of mounding shrub roses and other sturdy plants.

This is a group 3 clematis, which means that it flowers on the current year's growth. Its stems may be pruned hard to a pair of strong buds close to the ground in late winter or early spring.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • Width

    5'-7' / 1.5m - 2.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Rose

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No