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Alpine clematis

Clematis alpina

KLEM-ah-tiss al-PINE-ah

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 CharacteristicsEarly, profuse bloomer.

CareGrows 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.

PropagationRoot softwood cuttings in spring or semi-ripe cuttings in early summer.

ProblemsWilt, powdery mildew, rust, fungal spots, and stem cankers are common. Scale insects, whiteflies, earwigs, and aphids can occur.

  • Genus : Clematis
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Characteristics : Showy Seed Heads
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Plant Type : Vines
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