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