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CLEMATIS viticella 'Blue Belle'

Image of Clematis viticella 'Blue Belle' (Viticella Group)

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

CLEMATIS viticella 'Blue Belle'( Viticella Group)

Plant Common Name

Italian Clematis, Italian Leather Flower, Italian-leather-flower, Viticella Clematis

General Description

The deep violet-blue blossoms of this vigorous clematis bring a welcome burst of color to the late season garden. ‘Blue Belle’ features larger flowers than the species, a semi-woody, deciduous vine native to central and southern Europe.

Silvery-green, divided foliage clothes the stems of this plant, providing a beautiful backdrop to the dark purple flowers displayed from late summer into fall. The slightly nodding blooms are composed of six large, petal-like sepals which surround a central tuft of contrasting yellow stamens.

Grow this charming, late bloomer in full to part sun and moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Preferring cool roots, it benefits from a layer of summer mulch, and should be planted where its root zone is shaded by the foliage of other perennials. ‘Blue Belle’ is lovely whether trained on a trellis, fence or arbor.

This is a group 3 clematis, meaning that it blooms on the current season’s growth. Its stems may be pruned down to a pair of strong buds in late winter to early spring.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 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

    Vine/Liana

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    7'-10' / 2.1m - 3.0m (3)

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Europe, Southern Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Blue Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown

  • 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Mixed Border, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No