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Italian Clematis Clematis viticella

Other plants called Italian Clematis:

Phonetic Spelling
KLEM-ah-tiss vy-tee-CHELL-uh
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

This deciduous or evergreen vine comes in many colors, has many stamens, and many small, dry fruits (each with a silky-plumose tail). This plant is a great climber and can be trained to be a backdrop and even grow on an arbor. This vine has twisting petioles and looks wonderful planted along a fence, in a woodland area, in a victorian style garden. 

This plant blooms on new wood- severely prune in early spring (Pruning group 3).  Plant in the full sun but provide shade for the roots.

Problems:

Slugs, snails. and voles may damage young roots, aphids may attack young growth. Plants are susceptible to powdery mildew but are highly resistant to clematis wilt.

 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Abundance'
    Light pink flower and produces masses of blooms from July - Sept
  • 'Alba Luxurians'
    Fast growing white flower with green twist at edge of sepals
  • 'Emilia Plater'
    Light mauve-blue flowers with a darker central bar on each tepal
  • 'Polish Spirit'
    Purple-blue flowers from mid-summer to early autumn, vigorous grower
Tags:
#purple#pink#sun#showy flowers#deciduous#poisonous#full sun#houseplant#summer#blue#fall flowers#container plant#easy to grow#purple flowers#partial sun#fall interest#cottage garden#fast growing#fences#trellises#vines#summer flowers#large flowers#arbors#climber#vibrant#woodland#exotic looking#twining vine
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Abundance'
    Light pink flower and produces masses of blooms from July - Sept
  • 'Alba Luxurians'
    Fast growing white flower with green twist at edge of sepals
  • 'Emilia Plater'
    Light mauve-blue flowers with a darker central bar on each tepal
  • 'Polish Spirit'
    Purple-blue flowers from mid-summer to early autumn, vigorous grower
Tags:
#purple#pink#sun#showy flowers#deciduous#poisonous#full sun#houseplant#summer#blue#fall flowers#container plant#easy to grow#purple flowers#partial sun#fall interest#cottage garden#fast growing#fences#trellises#vines#summer flowers#large flowers#arbors#climber#vibrant#woodland#exotic looking#twining vine
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Clematis
    Species:
    viticella
    Family:
    Ranunculaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Layering
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southern Europe to Asia
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    resistant to wilting
    Climbing Method:
    Twining
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Vine
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Cascading
    Climbing
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Description:
    Small, dry fruits (each with a silky-plumose tail). It has whorled seed heads.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Colored Sepals
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Many colors and showy stamens, flowers in mid to late summer with 4-8 petal-like parts 3" across on new wood, so severely prune in early spring.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are alternate and pinnately divided.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Rock Wall
    Vertical Spaces
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Screen/Privacy
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Children
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    All species are toxic-- and all parts are toxic. CAUSES SEVERE PAIN IN THE MOUTH IF EATEN! SKIN IRRITATION MINOR OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES. Poisonous through dermatitis, ingestion, and inhalation. Symptoms include a burning sensation of mouth and mouth ulcers; skin redness and burning sensation.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    protoanemonin
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Sap/Juice
    Seeds
    Stems