Clematis ‘The President’: One Of The Best Purple Clematis You Can Grow

Clematis ‘The President’: One Of The Best Purple Clematis You Can Grow

Clematis President

Photo Compliments Chris deRham

Clematis ‘The President’ is a gorgeous purple, early, large-flowered clematis and is one of the best purple clematis you can grow.  This cultivar typically reaches a height of 8 to 10 feet.  The flowers reach a width of 6 to 7 inches across and open in early summer. The edge of the tepals (clematis flower petals) are wavy with a silvery lavender back. The center of the bloom carries a tuft of cream and red stamens that deepen the tone of the flowers. In late summer to early fall this clematis will produce a second flush of flowers.  Early to mid-season blooms are on old growth followed by additional late summer blooms on new growth.

How To Make Your Clematis ‘The President’ Thrive

Clematis ‘The President’ thrives in fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. You will have the greatest success when you choose locations where the flowering parts of the vine are in sun to part shade, but the roots are shaded. Some light afternoon shade is usually beneficial in hot and humid summer climates.

This vine needs a trellis or other support on which to grow.  Thick root mulch is helpful. Do not allow soils to dry out.

General Clematis ‘The President’ Information

Pests and Diseases

There are no serious insect or disease problems. This clematis is susceptible to wilt and stem rot which can be fatal, powdery mildew, leaf spots, rust and viruses when it is stressed. Potential insect pests include aphids, vine weevils, slugs/snails, scale and earwigs. You should also watch for spider mites.


Firm green cuttings taken from the tip of the clematis stems root more readily than those taken from a brown woody part of the plant. Choose healthy vines that are free from any disease or pest infestation. Make the cutting at least 6 to 8 inches long.


Bloom time is influenced by pruning because bloom occurs on both old wood and on new wood. Clematis ‘The President’ is considered to be a pruning group 2 plant. Stems should only be lightly pruned back to strong sets of buds in late winter. This will encourage a late spring to early summer bloom on old growth. This should be followed by a second light pruning after the first flush of old growth bloom for purposes of stimulating a later summer to early fall bloom on new growth. Plants generally need an adequate supply of nutrients during the growing season to support the rush of growth.

Garden Uses

Clematis ‘The President’ can be trained to climb a wall, trellis, fence, arbor, porch, lamppost, or other stationary structures. It provides good architectural height and framework for small gardens. It can also be planted to sprawl over and through shrubs, scramble over old stumps, or simply act as a ground cover in conjunction with other flowering perennials.

Quick Facts

  • Family: Ranunculaceae
  • Common Name: Clematis
  • Plant Type: Vine
  • Foliage Type: Deciduous
  • Plant Height: 10 feet
  • Plant Width: 8 feet
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 4 to 9
  • Bloom Time: May to September
  • Bloom Description: Purple-blue
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Water Requirements: Regular watering
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Seasonal Interest: Flowers in early summer with a second flush of blooms in late summer
  • Attracts: Bees, butterflies
  • Resists: Deer

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  1. Great info on the Clematis there Charlie
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  2. I just had to comment on this post because The President is an amazing performer here. I love this plant.
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  3. I have a Jackman clematis that is doing really well in the front garden. Haven’t tried ‘The President’, but it is tempting.

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