Clematis viticella 'Rosea'
Clematis viticella 'Rosea'©Roy Nunn

Clematis of the Month for November 2006


Section Viticella.
Subsection Selection from seedlings grown by F. M. Westphal.
Distribution Available from Clematis Kulturen Friedrich Manfred Westphal, Prisdorf, Germany.
Flowering In our garden this plant has one of the longest flowering periods of any clematis, usually the first flowers appear in late June and continues to flower usually until the first frosts of November. It has pale pink nodding flowers, I would call it a subtle colour, not garish in any way.
Habitat Not as vigorous as the species viticella, growing to about 1.800 metres, it has an open habit and does not overpower its host shrub, a Syringa (Mock Orange) in our garden, this shrub also supports a C. 'Princess of Wales', both clematis intermingling with each other, without one overpowering the other. There is a slight overlap on the Syringa and the clematis flowering most years, but the main flowering of both is usually after the Syringa has finished flowering.
First Recorded I believe that the original C. viticella 'Rosea' was lost to cultivation, but there is a reference in the International Clematis Register and Checklist 2002, dating to 1935. The re-introduction of this plant was an attempt to reintroduce this presumed lost cultivar.

Clematis viticella 'Rosea'©Roy NunnThe C. viticella 'Rosea' in our garden was obtained from F. M. Westphal, on our visit with the I.Cl.S. to Sweden in 1998 and was planted in the autumn of that year. The plant grows well in our very alkaline well drained soil and has established itself into a well behaved plant, ie. not requiring any special treatment. It is cut down to 300mm in February and mulched in spring and autumn with our own composted material, mixed with cow manure, including a feed of Blood Fish and Bone meal, in March. This summer we have experienced a month of very hot weather, up to 35 degrees centigrade, with only 20mm of rain in the past two months, in these conditions the plant has suffered slightly, in that most of its leaves have become scorched in the sun, but the plant continues to flower, despite these harsh conditions.


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