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CLEMATIS viticella ssp. campaniflora

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Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

CLEMATIS viticella ssp. campaniflora

Plant Common Name

Campanula-flowered Purple Clematis, Italian Leather Flower

General Description

Campanula-flowered clematis is a charming, vigorous small-flowering climber. The flowers are bell shaped, nodding, and white to pale blue with creamy yellow centers. Compared to other widely-grown, large-flowered clematis, it flowers later, from midsummer to mid-fall, a welcome time for such a profuse show of bloom.

Like most clematis it grows best in full to partial sun and likes rich, cool, friable soil. Woody vines should be pruned in late winter as new buds begin to show low on last year's stems. Leave two to four new buds on each stem, and remove everything above them. The new stems are extremely fast-growing and can reach great heights. Use on trellises and walls, or allow to climb over shrubs, and conifers to add vertical interest in the garden.

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, Partial Shade

  • Height

    12'-20' / 3.7m - 6.1m (15)

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m (5)

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Europe, Western Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Rose, Light Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • 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

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No