Scarlet clematis

Clematis texensis 'Duchess of Albany'

Photo/Illustration: 
Lee Anne White
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Scarlet clematis (Clematis texensis 'Duchess of Albany')
KLEM-ah-tis teks-EN-sis
Genus:  Clematis
This vigorous climber can easily cover a support of 8 to 10 feet tall once established. Finely textured, dense light-green foliage makes an excellent foil for dainty, pink and carmine teardrop-shaped flowers 2 inches across. Blooms appear in early August and continue well into autumn.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  It makes an attractive ground cover when allowed to creep along the ground.
Care:  May die back to the ground in a cold winter, but this will not affect blooming, as flowers are produced on new growth. Even in warm winters, it should be pruned back to the second set of buds above ground level to promote abundant bloom. 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, while scale insects, whiteflies, earwigs, aphids can also occur.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Runs
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Salmon,
Red
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Trellis
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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