Clematis recta purpurea

Clematis recta purpurea

Habitat:

Easily grown in fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Roots should be kept cool, shaded and uniformly moist.

Distribution:

Hybrid

Hardy to:

-25 Deg C

Flowering/Pruning:

Depending upon the local climate, flowers may appear as early as September and in colder districts December/January. Recommeded that this plant be given a hard prune in autumn. If you prune the stems before flowering then you get new dark purple stems. The flowers have 4 tepals (sometimes 5-6) and the size of the flower is 2-3 cm in diameter. Flowering time is from late spring to early summer. If you opt to divide the plant in late winter/early spring, plants take a season to recover.

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:

Clematis recta purpurea has a sprawling, bushy habit with foliage of an unusual smoky-purple shade, fading to green by mid summer. Plants produce a good display of fragrant little white star-shaped flowers in early summer. Will require staking, or plants can be allowed to sprawl through an adjacent shrub.

Background:

Still researching it origin.

Availability:

Available from our nursery in September.