Etoile Violette Clematis

Clematis viticella 'Etoile Violette'

A profusion of deep purple flowers with gold tufted centers cover this vigorous growing vine. Performs in warmer areas where large-flowered clematis will not grow. Train on an arbor, fence, or trellis, or allow to climb through shrubbery. Creates an excellent vertical effect in smaller spaces and containers. Deciduous.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical PronunciationKLEM-a-tis vy-ti-SEL-la
LoreEtoile is the French word for star, appropriately used in naming this Clematis variety, which produces an abundance of star-shaped blooms.
Average Size at MaturityTwining stems quickly reach 8 to 12 ft. tall, with support.
Bloom TimeEarly summer, often repeating in late summer.
Design IdeasEtoile Violette is one of the best clematis for warmer climates, because it blooms reliably with little winter chill. A classic for cottage gardens, trained on an arbor, pergola or trellis, or left unsupported to ramble through shrubbery or as a ground cover. Clematis is a perfect companion for climbing or shrub roses, providing early season color before the roses begin. This variety often re-blooms in late summer when roses are still in peak bloom, providing a spectacular show.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitClimbing
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Espalier, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFruit Tree & Vine
Special FeatureEasy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer); Climbing Rose (Rosa); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja)

Thrives in well-drained, lightly alkaline soil, with roots sheltered and top growth in the sun. Mulch to conserve moisture. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system; reduce frequency once established. Feed regularly beginning in spring. Prune spent flowers to promote repeat bloom.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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