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Clematis 'Multi Blue'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Clematis
    • A large-flowered variety, 4"-5" in diameter

 

    • Exquisite deep blue, double flowers; central tepals and points of petals are both light silvery-blue

 

    • Flowers go through many stages; the center petals are small when the flowers are young, then expand as the guard petals age. Therefore, some flowers will look double and others will look single depending on their maturity

 

    • Blooms from May-June and again from Aug.-Oct.

 

  • Performs best in light shade

A member of:
Group 2—Early to midseason flowering cultivars and rebloomers
These varieties begin to bloom in early summer, with the first flush of flowers appearing on the previous year's growth. This is followed by a second flush flowers appearing on the new growth. These flowers will likely be smaller than the first ones and flowers that were double the first time may be single the second time.

The time to prune this group is in late winter or early spring. Dead and weak shoots should be removed and the remaining shoots cut back to 6-9 inches above a couple of well-developed buds.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  5-10 Feet
Flower Color:
  Purple-blue shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Late spring
  Early summer
  Late summer
  Early fall
  Mid-fall
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Cottage
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Climbing
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Specimen or focal point

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Clematis can be grown in full sun or light shade, but its base and roots must be completely shaded. You may need to plant a small shrub or large perennial directly in front of its rootball to keep it cool and shaded. A thick layer of mulch will also help to keep the soil moist. This vine prefers to be grown in moist, well-drained, slightly alkaline soil. Adding lime to the soil will help to provide these conditions.

When planting clematis, it is important to plant it 3" deeper than it was in the original pot. Bury the first set of entire leaves to encourage the production of strong shoots from below soil level and to discourage clematis wilt.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Aster dumosus 'Wood's Pink'
Common Name: Aster-New York
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Leucanthemum superbum 'Alaska'
Common Name: Shasta Daisy
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Monarda 'Jacob Cline'
Common Name: Bee Balm
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'
Common Name: Black-Eyed Susan
4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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Salvia nemorosa 'East Friesland' ('Ostfriesland')
Common Name: Salvia-Perennial
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Veronica austriaca 'Crater Lake Blue'
Common Name: Speedwell-Austrian
4,5,6,7,8
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Hibiscus moscheutos 'Pink Elephant' PP21883
Common Name: Rose Mallow
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star' ('Rubinstern')
Common Name: Coneflower-Purple
3,4,5,6,7,8
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.