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,
Pink,
Purple
Uses
Trellis
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Vines

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