Early, Small-flowered Clematis 'Franziska Maria'


Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Cultivar: Franziska Maria
Additional cultivar information:(aka Evipo008, Franziska Marie)
Hybridized by Evison-Olesen
Registered or introduced: 1993
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Late Large-flowered


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Medium Blue

Dark Blue

Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Bloom Shape:


Bloom Diameter:

Large - 5 to 8 inches (12 to 20 cm)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Pruning Groups:

Group 2 - Repeat bloomers; prune immediately after flowering

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

By grafting

By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Francisco, California

San Marcos, California

Stamford, Connecticut

Washington, District Of Columbia

Wichita, Kansas

Dracut, Massachusetts

Muskegon, Michigan

Ravenna, Ohio

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Charleston, South Carolina

Willis, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 24, 2015, lisa100467 from San Marcos, CA wrote:

I too, have found Franziska Marie to be slow to establish. I have two of them, both two years old. The first is located in almost full sun with good, fertile soil. It started blooming May of its second year. It grew to a height of about 3 1/2 feet and has produced four, fully double, medium purple blooms. Only the second and third blooms were both open at the same time for a period of 3 days. They all bloomed on the one and only shoot of the plant. They really were beautiful and each of the four blossoms remained on the vine quite a long time, inspite of some unseasonably warm temperatures. The flowers were every bit as pretty as the catalog pictures.
Plant number two is located in all day partial sun and amended clayish soil. In hindsight, I realize that this area is teaming with ... read more


On Jun 6, 2010, kentstar from Ravenna, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I planted Franziska Marie in fall 2008 and am only now seeing her first blooms! They are a very nice, deep purple. The blooms are not as large as I expected them to be, about 4 inches across. She is a VERY slow grower for me. Even now, she has only a handful of buds and is only about 3 ft tall. I will try one more time hard pruning her after her bloomtime to see is I can fatten up some vining. I'm not very impressed with her growth. I have Crystal Fountain planted at the same time in 2008 that is doing tons better.
Hopefully she gets better with age...