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General information on clematis viticella

Clematis viticella are all one species but for centuries many different cultivars have been developed. They are loved for their graceful flowers and long flowering period. Clematis viticella is one of the healthiest clematis and is therefore suitable for façade greening - it grows up to a 5 meters in height. Many cultivars and breeds have emerged that are more or less close the wild clematis. The other "Viticella group" records hybrids that have viticella blood. Clematis viticella are excellent partners for climbing roses!

Read the overview to find available clematis.

Wild form of clematis viticella

Requirements / Price

Chose a partially shaded location. Clematis viticella doesn't like hot south-east facing walls! The soil should be fresh humus, well drained and protected from strong wind if possible. The trunk of the plant should always be in shade if possible. When planting, the roots should be positioned 10 cm under the surface. Keep a distance of 1 - 3 meters between individual plants. Chose a clematis viticella cultivar in the overview.

Caracteristics and Pruning

Leaf stem twiner, frost-resistant and perennial. They grow with moderate vigor, with foliage from May to October, up to approx. 5 m in height and often just as wide. Older plants can cover large areas with their dense vegetation. The flowering is very long and even the seed capsules are beautiful, but wilted leaves won't detach by themselves and need to be cut at the end of the year. Cut the stem down to 20 - 100 cm, depending on the height the plant should reach next year. Clematis viticella is not very prone to clematis wilt and mildew.

Wire rope trellis for clematis

Clematis viticella will need a trellis with a dense mesh such as a 25 - 35 cm grid that is vertically oriented (standing rectangles instead of squares). See at the bottom of the page to chose among suitable trellis designs. Light versions are sufficient, but trellises in the medium range allow optimal development.

Suitable wire rope trellis?

Click on the image to see wich designs are adapted as a growing aid for mandevillas.

Clematis viticella - hybrids on a facade
Wall greening with three clematis viticella

Suitable cable systems for medium-sized clematis viticella*

Please click on the graphics to see a detailed view of each design!

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