Viticella Clematis: Looking For That Eye Catching Garden Element

Viticella Clematis: Looking For That Eye Catching Garden Element

Viticella Clematis

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Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’, or more commonly called viticella clematis produces gorgeous deep royal purple flowers in profusion in midsummer on this medium sized vine. Each flower is about 3 inches across and can cover the vine in full flower. After the first flowering a light shearing will encourage a rebloom later in the season. ‘Etoile Violette’ has a slightly more open growth habit making it a good choice for growing in large shrubs and small trees. I have these growing on my wisteria that covers the porch. Viticella clematis climbs by twining leaf-stalks.

‘Etoile Violette’ is a deciduous, small-flowering, semi-woody climbing clematis vine (Viticella group) which typically reaches a height of 10 to 12 feet and features deep purple flowers (3 to 4 inches in diameter) with conspicuous tufts of golden stamens. Sepals are blunt-tipped. The pinnately trifoliate medium green foliage darkens as the summer progresses.

How To Make Your Viticella Clematis Thrive

Viticella Clematis thrives in full sun to light or open shade. Roots should be kept cool, shaded and uniformly moist. When planting choose a location with rich well-drained soil where it can be regularly watered during dry weather. When choosing a plant in the nurseries select plant vines that are well rooted and at least two years old. If you plant 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 needs appreciate fertilizing in spring. This clematis blooms on new growth so it is best to prune in winter. Remove congested or tangled growth and thin to the strongest stems. Well established plants can be cut back to 12 inches tall in winter to remove large tangles, allowing robust new stems to fill out the plant.

General Viticella Clematis Information

Pests & Diseases

No serious insect or disease problems. If you have problems it will be on young shoots that can be troubled by aphids and caterpillars; petals can be eaten by earwigs. Clematis wilt and Clematis slime flux may be a problem.


Propagate by layering or semi-hardwood cuttings.

Garden Uses

This clematis can be trained to climb a wall, trellis, fence, arbor, porch, lamp post or other stationary structure. Viticella clematis provides good architectural height and framework for small gardens. It can also be planted to sprawl over and through large shrubs, over old tree stumps or simply as a ground cover in conjunction with other flowering perennials.

Quick Information

  • Family: Ranunculaceae
  • Common Name: Viticella clematis (clematis)
  • Plant Type: Vine
  • Foliage Type: Deciduous
  • Plant Height: 10 to 12 feet
  • Plant Spread: 6 feet
  • Hardiness Zones: USDA Zones 5 to 9
  • Bloom Time: June to September
  • Bloom Color: Deep purple
  • Great Color Contrasts: Red, orange, yellow
  • Great Color Partners: Silver, lavender, rose
  • Light Exposure: Full sun or light to open shade
  • Water Requirements: Regular watering
  • Sun: Full sun to part shade
  • Maintenance: Very low
  • Tolerates: Deer

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