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PlantFiles: Clematis, Alpine Clematis
Clematis alpina

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Species: alpina (AL-pin-a) (Info)

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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)

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Bloom Shape:

Bloom Diameter:
Small - less than 2 inches (5 cm)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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Pruning Groups:
Group 1 - Spring bloomers; no pruning

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Howard_C On Jun 5, 2004, Howard_C from St John's, NL wrote:

With us in St John's Newfoundland it doesn't flower until June; just as the leaves come out on the trees! Very hardy though, as you would expect from a plant that grows in Siberia.

Neutral Baa On Mar 31, 2002, Baa wrote:

A deciduous climber/rambler from Europe.

Has 3-5, mid-green, lance shaped, toothed leaflets. Bears nodding, bell shaped, blue flowers with white centres borne on the previous years shoots. Fluffy seedheads after flowering.

Flowers March-May but can have another flowering later in the year on new growth.

Likes a well drained, fertile soil in sun or partial shade, it will tolerate cold areas of a garden. Roots like to be in a cool shady spot.

Prune after main flowering, removing the dead flowers and stems and general tidying up.

It is one of the hardiest Clematis and is very compact, suitable for small gardens and large containers.


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

Juneau, Alaska
North Yarmouth, Maine

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