Clematis 'Joe Zary'

Clematis of the Month for March 2016


'Joe Zary's parentage is listed in the Clematis Register as: (faurei × sibirica) × macropetala. I am not sure if this combination of parents has resulted in such a long flowering period for this cultivar (May to September) but certainly when I saw this plant in Silver Star Vinery on a very hot July day in Washington State, USA, it was virtually in full flower. I was also informed that it does flower for most of the summer given ideal conditions, well drained soil, plus plenty of feed and water.

C. 'Joe Zary'©Roy Nunn

C. 'Joe Zary' responding well to cultivation in large containers

The colour of the flower is somewhat difficult to describe as it appears to reflect a range of colours depending on light intensity; in bright sunlight the colour is dark pink violet (RHS 77B) to violet (RHS 87A), while in shade it is interspersed with stripes of blue violet and light violet (RHS N88C and 76B respectively). The flowers seem to retain their colour for longer if grown in semi shaded conditions.
C. 'Joe Zary'©Roy Nunn

Colour of the flower when grown in shaded conditions

C. 'Joe Zary'©Roy Nunn

Flower colour in sunlight

Unfortunately this plant is not readily available in a some of the temperate regions of the World, but it is certainly worth searching for and growing in a shady corner in well drained soil. Keep well watered during spring and summer. Feed with a balanced fertilizer after its first flush of flowers and this is also the time to prune back any growth that is getting out of hand. This should be followed by a monthly feeding regime that will encourage extra growth and additional flowers.
C. 'Joe Zary'©Roy Nunn

The Flowers will fade considerably if subjected to bright sunlight

C. 'Joe Zary'©Roy Nunn

Flower colour in sunlight

Flowers can become quite disheveled towards the end of their life, the tidy gardener and the plant may benefit from regular deadheading, which may encourage repeat blooming.


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