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Clematis montana var. wilsonii (Montana Group)

Wilson's Himalayan Clematis, Clematis montana 'Wilsonii Sprague', Clematis repens Veitch


One of the most fragrant clematis, Clematis montana var. wilsonii is a large deciduous climber with starry, creamy white flowers adorned with creamy-green stamens. Blooming in late spring to early summer, slightly later than the other montana cultivars, the blossoms are strongly scented of chocolate. They are so profuse that they generally cover the foliage of green leaves. Their sweet fragrance fills the air as you pass by. Even after flowering is over, this vine remains attractive, thanks to the seedheads left by the passing flowers, therefore providing winter interest. This vigorous and extremely floriferous vine is perfect for covering a wall, trellis, fence, or arbor and could be allowed to roam over a large wall.

  • Quickly grows up to 20-30 ft. long (6-9 m).
  • Thrives in moist, well-drained soils, in full sun or part shade. Ideally, Clematis prefer having their 'heads in the sun and their feet in the shade'. Keep the roots cool and shaded by other plants or add a layer of pebbles or flat stones at the base. Afternoon shade is appreciated in hot climate areas.
  • This Clematis belongs to the first group of Clematis - a group including Early-flowering clematis which flower on shoots produced in the previous summer: No regular pruning is required. Just clean them up after flowering.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

As climbers, Clematis are unsurpassed in their long flowering presence, their rich diversity of flower shapes, their wide array of colors, and their 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 6 – 9
Heat Zones 6 – 9
Climate Zones 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Plant Type Climbers
Plant Family Clematis
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Ground Covers, Wall-Side Borders, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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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 6 – 9
Heat Zones 6 – 9
Climate Zones 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Plant Type Climbers
Plant Family Clematis
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Ground Covers, Wall-Side Borders, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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