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Westerplatte Clematis

Clematis 'Westerplatte'

Pronunciation: KLEM-a-tis
SKU #05621

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Description Large, rich velvety red blooms with dark red stamens add fantastic color to a small trellis or obelisk. Rambles beautifully through small trees or over shrubs. Blooms from spring to early summer, and often reblooms in late summer. A compact vine ideal for containers and small gardens. Deciduous.
Light Full sun, Partial sun
Watering Water deeply when top inch of soil is dry.
Blooms Spring to summer; often repeats late summer.
Mature Size Moderate growing; twining stems reach 6 to 10 ft. tall, with support.
Deciduous/Evergreen Deciduous
Special Features Easy Care, Compact Form
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Climbing
Flower Attributes Flowers for Cutting, Long Bloom Season, Repeat Flowering, Showy Flowers
Landscape Use Border, Container, Espalier, Ground Cover
Design Ideas Plant this Clematis near an arbor, trellis or tree trunk where its twining leaf stems will quickly climb to reveal a profusion of dark red flowers in the summer.
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Light Green
Companion Plants Japanese Maple (Acer); Climbing Rose (Rosa); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja)
Care 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. Provide trellis or arbor support.
Lore It has been said that this Clematis form was named to commemorate the heroes of the 1st armoured brigade of the Westerplatte peninsula during the period between the First and the Second World War. On the 1st September 1939 an armoured German battleship bombarded Westerplatte, marking the beginning of the Second World War. The Polish Westerplatte unit of 182 soldiers defended it against overwhelming Nazi forces for 7 days. Since then Westerplatte has come to symbolize soldiers' heroism.

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