Clematis campaniflora

Clematis campaniflora

Habitat:

A plant for an open position in soil that is not specific, except of course those with a heavy clay component.

Distribution:

Portugal and south west Spain

Hardy to:

-12 deg C

Flowering/Pruning:

Prune hard. Best planted in a sunny position, by a fence, tall shrub or over a support, preferably against a dark background nearby a garden path as the flowers fully reveal their beauty when observed at close quarters.

Feeding/Cultivation:

Regular feeding during the growing season and summer months with a long term blood and bone and sulphate of potash mix (10:1) + foliar feeding using for example Powerfeed or a mix of Powerfeed and seaweed solution (3:1).

Description:

Small bell-shaped nodding flowers are borne single or in small panicles during the summer months. White sepals tinged with blue and creamy stamens.

Historical Background:

Portuguese botantist Felix Brotero (1744-1828) was credited with identifying and naming this species. Some references and for that matter Aussie suppliers list this plant as a subspecies of C. viticella but there are identifiable differences. Namely the shape of the flower where C. campaniflora being more broader campanulate and the sepals only narrowly flared towards the tips.

Availability:

Available from the nursery.