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Clematis Armandii “Snowdrift”

Clematis Armandii “Snowdrift”Clematis Armandii “Snowdrift”

Clematis Armandii “Snowdrift” is a gorgeous evergreen clematis that has attractive, dark, long-pointed, glossy green leaves and the most wonderfully fragrant, small white (star shaped 4 or 5 petals) flowers that appear in early spring. When this clematis blooms the flowers completely cover the vines. It can also boast that it is essentially pest free. The plant will thrive in light shade and good soil. It is a vine and it will be happiest if it can twine up a trellis or fence, or ramble over shrubs. Not only will you have delicate, graceful flowers in the spring, but it will be handsome throughout the rest of the year. Clematis Armandii “Snowdrift” will reach a height at maturity of 15 to 30 feet or so, and can be very long lived. Since flowering is in spring on the previous year’s growth, prune, if necessary, after flowering in late spring or early summer.

Culture Notes

This plant is perfect for a sunny west or south-facing site; it should be sheltered from cold winds. The glossy mid-green leaves are retained throughout the year, making it an excellent climber for clothing an unsightly wall. It needs to be noted that this plant is toxic to dogs if eaten. This evergreen clematis is a large grower and requires plenty of space to spread. It will grow best in light to open shade or full sun if the location is not a hot spot. Provide a site with rich well-drained soil where it can be occasionally watered during dry weather. When you are purchasing from a nursery the plant should be well rooted and at least two years old. If you plant it too deeply you can smother the roots. Set young plants at the same depth they were in their nursery pots. Clematis is a heavy feeder and appreciates fertilizer in the spring. Clematis can bloom on one year old stems so prune lightly in late winter, only removing congested or tangled growth or if heavy pruning is required do it immediately after flowering in spring.

Pruning

No routine pruning is necessary. The rule is that if the spread of the plant needs to be restricted prune.

Additional Information

Plant Type: Evergreen climber/Vine

Flower Color: White

Flower Size: Two inches wide

Bloom Time: March to April

Foliage Color: Beautiful, leathery, dark green

Height: 15 to 30 Feet (limited by environmental factors)

Width: 5 to 8 Feet (limited by environmental factors)

Growth Rate: Fast

Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Water Requirements: Occasional watering

Soil: Fertile well drained

Hardiness Zone: 6 to 9 (frost hardy, needs winter protection)

Resistant: Rabbits, deer, slug, and the dreaded snails

Seasonal Interest: fragrant flowers in late winter with beautiful foliage all year long, attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

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2 Comments

  1. Beautiful delicate flower and the only kind of snow I’d be happy to see this winter! Nice memories of our native Pacific Northwest here…fun visit!

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