Alpine clematis

Clematis alpina

Photo/Illustration: 
Sally & John Perkins
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Alpine clematis (Clematis alpina)
KLEM-ah-tiss al-PINE-ah
Genus:  Clematis
Alpine clematis is one of the earliest clematises to bloom, in early May. It bears relatively small but delightful nodding, bell-shaped flowers, 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter, in a great variety of colors.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Early, profuse bloomer.
Care:  Grows better in shade than in sun. Best suited for a north-facing, cool, shady position. Unless it starts to look scraggly, it rarely needs pruning, as it flowers on old growth. Grow in fertile, well-drained, acidic soil with abundant organic matter. Plant with the top of the root ball 3 to 5 inches below the surface and provide strong support.
Propagation:  Root softwood cuttings in spring or semi-ripe cuttings in early summer.
Problems:  Wilt, powdery mildew, rust, fungal spots, and stem cankers are common. Scale insects, whiteflies, earwigs, and aphids can occur.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Runs
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Blue Flower,
Pink Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower
Uses
Trellis
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Vines

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