Clematis 'Violet Stardust' PP30555

Common Name: Bush Clematis

This broad leaved hybrid Clematis is a cross between two distinct species, giving it a unique look and performance in the garden. The clump is covered with a profusion of small 1½", blue violet, four to five-petaled, star-shaped nodding flowers. The centers of the flowers have creamy white anthers that contrast beautifully with the petals. Although this is a non-vining Clematis, the plant will benefit from support, either from staking or from neighboring plants. If allowed to ramble without staking, it will spread to 38-40" wide.

A member of:
Group 3—Late flowering cultivars

These varieties bloom first on new growth beginning in midsummer, and then again on new shoots in early fall. The second round will likely produce smaller flowers than the first and flowers that were double the first time may be single the second time.

Though their growth habit makes them difficult to prune, it can be done in late winter or early spring. All shoots can be cut back to the previous year's wood, just above the base of the plant. This pruning is necessary to avoid getting a bare stem with a thick tangle above it. The spring flowers will be eliminated for that year, but the late summer flowers should still be produced. Alternatively, if you don't want to cut the entire plant back all at once, pruning can be done in stages over a period of 3 years. Each year, prune back ⅓ of the stems to 6-9" above a couple of well-developed buds.