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Herbaceous Perennial

Clematis recta 'Purpurea' (F)

purple ground clematis

'Purpurea' is a clump forming herbaceous perennial with coppery purple young foliage and panicles of fragrant white flowers 2cm across in profusion in summer and early autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Purple
Summer White Green Purple
Autumn White Grey Silver
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Ranunculaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Clematis can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or herbaceous perennials, mostly climbing by twining leaf-stalks, and often with showy flowers. Some have attractive fluffy seedheads in autumn

Name status

Accepted

Horticultural Group
Flammula Group clematis can be vigorous deciduous climbers or herbaceous perennials; the small star-shaped flowers open in summer and autumn, and are usually fragrant, followed by silky seed heads

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How to grow

Cultivation

Plant in a moisture-retentive, well-drained soil. Keep the base of the plant and roots cool and shaded by other plants or a layer of pebbles or flat stones at the base. Plant with the crown of the clematis at soil level. Mulch in late winter with garden compost or well-rotted manure, avoiding the immediate crown. Ideal for a border where it can be supported by other plants or useful groundcover

Propagation

Propagate by division or take basal cuttings in spring or semi-ripe cuttings in early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning (clematis) group 3. Cut back all the previous years stems to 15-20cm (6-8in) above soil level, before growth begins in spring

Pests

Aphids, capsid bug, caterpillars, slugs and snails may damage young growth; earwigs may damage flower petals

Diseases

May be affected by powdery mildew in dry conditions and a virus

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