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Early, Small-flowered Clematis
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:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers


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


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

San Francisco, 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 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...