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Clematis 'Honora' (Late Large-Flowered Clematis)

Large-Flowered Clematis 'Honora'


A fascinating climber, Clematis 'Honora' is a large-flowered variety which produces a profusion of large, up to 6 in. wide (15 cm), velvety, plum-magenta flowers with a prominent burgundy bar through the center of each sepal. Opening from elegantly pointed, slender buds, the dark and dramatic blooms are burgundy at first. As they mature, the edges of the lightly crimped sepals lighten, making the central bars become prominent. The rosy petioles and gray undersides of the unfurling sepals provide additional complimentary details. Blooming from early to mid summer, with a second flush from late summer to early fall, 'Honora' flowers from the ground up. Its wonderfully long season and delightful parade of color makes it an interesting companion in plant combinations. This clematis is best trained on arbors, fences, walls or grown over or through evergreen hedges.

  • Thrives in moist, well-drained soils, in part shade. While sun tolerant, best flower color is obtained in part shade. Avoid direct, hot sun. Keep the roots cool and shaded by other plants or add a layer of pebbles or flat stones at the base.
  • Hardy, this clematis is incredibly free-flowering and can quickly grow up to 10-13 ft. long (300-390 cm).
  • Excellent choice for trellis and can be trained to climb a wall, trellis, fence or arbor. Combines beautifully with shrubs.
  • This Clematis belongs to the third group of Clematis - a group including Clematis which flower in late summer on growth made in that season. They should be pruned in late winter or early spring and require 'hard pruning': simply cut back the stems to a pair of strong buds about 1ft. (30 cm) above ground level before growth begins in early spring.

As climbers, Clematis are unsurpassed in their long flowering presence, their rich diversity of flower shapes, their wide array of colors and tolerances in terms of exposure and climate. It is no wonder they are so popular! From tree huggers to container varieties, there is a Clematis for every garden and flowers for almost every month of the year! Members of the Ranunculaceae family, they include more than 300 species and hundreds of hybrids. They create year after year a ravishing colorful show in the garden whether solely trained on walls, arbors or trellises, or grown in association with other climbers. They are divided into 3 groups which determine how they should be pruned. Regular pruning of Clematis is important as it promotes strong growth and flowering as well as a harmonious plant. If left unpruned, Clematis can turn into a mass of tangled stems with a bare base and flowers well above eye level.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Climate Zones 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Climbers
Plant Family Clematis
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 10' – 13' (3m – 3.9m)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Climate Zones 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Climbers
Plant Family Clematis
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 10' – 13' (3m – 3.9m)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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