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CLEMATIS montana var. rubens

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Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

CLEMATIS montana var. rubens

Plant Common Name

Virgin's Bower

General Description

Vigorous and pretty, this carefree clematis vine offers soft pink flowers early in the season. It is a variety of the white flowered species, Clematis montana, which is native to the Himalayan Mountains of China. Deciduous and woody, it is long-lived and capable of reaching a large size. Its strong twining stems bear deep green, three-parted leaves that exhibit a distinctive burgundy hue.

This beautiful bloomer produces simple pale pink, four-petaled flowers singly or in small groups. Each blossom has creamy yellow anthers and a light vanilla-like fragrance. The flowers are produced heavily over a period of about three weeks from late spring into early summer. This is a Group I clematis, which means its flower buds form on the previous year’s growth and vines must be pruned immediately after flowering. Pruning at any other time may jeopardize next year’s flowers.

This species grows best in sites with full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. It prefers neutral to alkaline soils with good drainage and grows and flowers best if its roots remain cool under a vegetative layer or thick mulch. Use this vine in a location where it can ramble freely. Make this old fashioned favorite a seasonal focal point while in bloom, then take advantage of the foliage to cover an arbor, fence or trellis to provide privacy or shade during the summer.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    3b, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

  • Plant Type

    Vine/Liana

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    15'-30' / 4.6m - 9.1m (30)

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No