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Early Small Flowered Clematis

Alpinas and Macropetalas


Pruning Group 1 - prune after flowering as needed.

The cultivars from the Atragene Group originate mainly from C. alpina and C. macropetala. Most plants in this group, including cultivars not listed below, are relatively easy to grow, undemanding, and very hardy provided the conditions are right. They like well-drained soil and perform poorly in thick and waterlogged soils, but you can turn this to your advantage as they are ideally suited to growing in partial shade as well as in sun. The plants in this group grow up to between 2 and 4 metres and bloom in mid spring (at the end of March - May), sometimes with a second flush of blossoms in late summer. Bell shaped flowers turn into attractive fluffy seedheads.

Some of the best are listed below.

C. 'Albina Plena' C. 'Albina Plena' - double white flowers. Clematis on the Web
C. alpina 'Pamela Jackman' C. alpina 'Pamela Jackman' - deep blue or pale violet-blue flowers. Clematis on the Web
C. 'Constance' C. 'Constance' - pinkish-red flowers, often semi-double. Clematis on the Web
C. 'Markham's Pink' C. 'Markham's Pink' - semi-double pink flowers. Clematis on the Web

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