Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Lansdowne Gem'

Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Lansdowne Gem'

Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Lansdowne Gem' - Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens  'Lansdowne Gem'

Common Name: Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Lansdowne Gem'
Genus: Clematis
Species: cirrhosa var. purpurascens
Cultivar: 'Lansdowne Gem'

Category: Climbers & Wall Shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for growing in containers, Provides winter colour
Awards: RHS Perfect for Pollinators

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.50 m (150 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: December to February

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

A sport of C. cirrhosa 'Freckles' which was discovered growing in New Zealand in 1995. This is an early flowering evergreen climber that can produce its deep claret bell-shaped flowers with contrasting creamy coloured anthers as early as Christmas - or occasionally even earlier. It is well behaved and compact, so works just as well in large pots as it does in the border, although it may need some protection from the worst of the winter weather in colder parts of the country.

  • Garden care: No routine pruning is necessary. If the spread of the plant needs to be restricted, prune immediately after flowering cutting back over long shoots to healthy buds. Apply a slow-release balanced fertiliser and a mulch of well-rotted garden compost around the base of the plant in early spring.

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