Viticella Clematis 'Etoile Violette'

Viticella Clematis 'Etoile Violette'

A winner.

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Viticella Clematis 'Etoile Violette' flowers freely from late spring. The deep purple, velvety flowers have a hint of magenta through central bar, and each bloom is 6-9cm across. This vigorous grower holds the prestigious RHS Award for Garden Merit so you know it is a winner!

Clematis 'Etoile Violette' was bred way back in 1885 so is a long loved, long lived favourite around the world.

Growing Viticella Clematis will have you looking like an expert green thumb without any of the hard work!

Viticella Clematis are easy, hardy and will establish quickly. The flowers are small but there are LOTS of them, they literally cover the tendrils. They are more heat tolerant and so will take more sun than the larger flowering varieties of Clematis and the cut flowers will even last well in a vase.

Viticella Clematis flower spring to autumn on the current seasons growth, they are Pruning Group 3, so pruning is simple, just cut them back hard early spring, and they will soon shoot up with new growth. They are also commonly known as Italian Clematis.

Clematis generally grow well where Roses flourish. They are also excellent in combination. You can use similar colours for a lovely blend or create some drama with contrasting shades. In fact, Clematis intermingle well with many plants, trees and shrubs especially as they use them for climbing up in a beautiful symbiosis. Viticella Clematis can grow along low growing shrubs too, such as a box hedge, after flowering they are a simple to remove.

The old adage is to plant your clematis so their 'head' is in the sun and their 'feet' are in the shade. In other words they like their root zone to be cool and protected, and the stem to grow up into a sunny position. You can protect the root zone with mulch and/or by using other plants to shield the roots from the sun.

Grow Clematis in humus rich, moist, well drained soil. They need good drainage or the roots can rot. Plant so they will receive around six hour's sun a day and shield from the hot afternoon rays. To perform at their best they should be fertilised well. Use a Rose Fertiliser every three months or so. Allow them time to settle in, the first year you may not see too much action, but by the second and third years they will have your attention, and for many more after that!

Supplied as: Pots
Size: 10 cm



Botantical name

Clematis viticella






Late spring to autumn


Cool to Mediterranean


Australia wide

Frost hardiness

Fully Hardy


Full Sun to Semi Shade

Supplied as



10 cm

Water needs