Viticella Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'

Viticella Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'

Admirable elegance.

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An abundance, of double, magenta blooms open for months on end (not purple as the name would imply). Each flower is around 5cm across and can last up to a fortnight, then, the petals fall to reveal a cluster of sepals that continue to look good for a week or more.

This stunner holds the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit, so you know it is good. It was introduced around 1900 by Francisque Morel and has been coveted by gardeners around the world since.

Double flowering Clematis may flower single while establishing and in rebloom. don't panic, this is normal.

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






L Spring to autumn


Cool to Mediterranean


Australia wide

Frost hardiness

Fully Hardy


Full Sun to Semi Shade

Supplied as



10 cm

Water needs