Clematis, known as the “queen of the vines,” may be best known for its large-flowering, purple, star-shape blooms on twining vines. Learn how and when to plant clematis—plus clematis care tips and advice on how to propagate this long-lived perennial plant—which will bloom for generations!
There are more than 300 species and hundreds of hybrids of clematis. Most clematis are woody, deciduous vines while others are shrub, or trailing types. Some species bloom in spring; others, in mid-to late summer. Most clematis are hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8 and native to North America.
The blooms are spectacular with some flowers reaching up to 10 inches across! These showy flowers in the form of saucers, bells, tubes, tulips, open bells, doubles, and semi-double. The flowers are usually in the cool shades of purple or pink though they do come in a stunning array of tones including blue, white, magenta, yellow, and bicolor. Also, many clematis varieties are scented. (The most fragrant species is the tender C. armandii.)
Clematises appreciate a trellis, post, or stationary structure to climb; without something, the vine will sprawl, including over the ground. Hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies love their blooms.