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Downy Clematis

Clematis macropetala

Clematis macropetala by Kurt Qvist (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

1.5m

1.5m

Min

1m

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Downy Clematis Overview

Clematis macropetala is an attractive deciduous species from the Ranunculaceae family. It has a robust and climbing growth habit, producing divided foliage with serrated edges. Nodding flowers are produced singly, they are violet-blue to pale blue in colour and they have 4 long,. lance-shaped petals measuring around 3-4.5cm in length. They have long petal-like blue-cream stamens in the centre, so appear semi-double in structure. Flowers appear from spring to late summer. Leading onto attractive seedheads, which may be kept for extra garden interest.

Common problems with Downy Clematis

How to propagate Downy Clematis

Layering

Cuttings

Semi-ripe

Special features of Downy Clematis

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Downy Clematis

Through trees, banks and specimen. Spring/Summer interest.