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Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info) Cultivar: Dr. Ruppel Additional cultivar information: (aka Doctor Ruppel) Hybridized by Ruppel; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1973
Hardiness: 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: Rose/Mauve Violet/Lavender
Flower Fragrance: No fragrance
Bloom Shape: Single
Bloom Diameter: Large - 5 to 8 inches (12 to 20 cm)
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Danger: 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: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From softwood cuttings From semi-hardwood cuttings From hardwood cuttings From hardwood heel cuttings
Seed Collecting: N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
I have 2 of these. I manually tie them onto a trellis. Supported on a trellis, they grow 8-10 ft. long. In years when I don't attach to trellis, they ramble low and mound on themselves. The flowers are absolutely gorgeous, especially if I pruned properly & nourished well. They will repeat bloom later in a smaller flush. Later in summer the lower half does get pretty ugly though--looks like it's dry and dead, but that's normal. If you cut off all the lower stems, you also cut off next year`s blooms, & the vine will have to start over next year. It's said these do well in containers; I`m now digging these up & potting them in large containers, so I can move them when they turn brown.
On Mar 4, 2013, Krootie from Weirton, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:
Purchased a sad example of Dr. Ruppel on a sale table for only 50 cents. Thought I really didn't have room for it, but would chance and use it as a container plant with an extra supporting trellis that had been sitting rusting in a fruit cellar. That was 10 years ago. It spends winter in my garage and enjoys the summer outside providing such beauty and pleasure.
On Mar 4, 2013, ClevelandLinda from Cleveland, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
This is a gorgeous flower! Mine is about 5 years old and continues to bloom well here in Cleveland, Ohio. As someone else posted, it would rather gather at the bottom and grow outward than use the trellis to grow up. I try to tie the vines to the trellis when I can weave them out of the wound up bundle at the bottom of the plant.
On Jun 13, 2007, Junctioncats from Cambridge, VT (Zone 4a) wrote:
Clematis, especially Ruppel does very well in Vermont, but it must be trimmed back carefully each fall and we fertilize on an every two week schedule beginning in Mid May. The pic I just posted, when it shows up, is going to look "fake", but it really IS Dr. Ruppel on our front porch!
On Mar 24, 2007, catcollins from West Friendship, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:
I have had a vine for 2 full years now, against a trellis at the gate to my backyard. It does not do a good job of using the trellis, tends to grow away from the support instead of up, and will only grow to 3 feet for me. However, it blooms reliably over several months, and the flowers are large and stunning. It is a show-stopper despite its lack of height and is a wonderful greeting for guests to our yard.
On Dec 11, 2004, sadie_mae from Central, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:
Lovely blooms. Shorter than some clematis that I have. It blooms from the ground up and also offers some rebloom later in the summer.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Vincent, Alabama Magnet Cove, Arkansas Capistrano Beach, California Casa Conejo, California San Francisco, California Glade Park, Colorado Northford, Connecticut South Daytona, Florida Winterville, Georgia Batavia, Illinois Carpentersville, Illinois Crest Hill, Illinois Germantown Hills, Illinois Granite City, Illinois Moline, Illinois Earling, Iowa Indianola, Iowa Salvisa, Kentucky Alexandria, Louisiana Green Haven, Maryland West Friendship, Maryland Benton Harbor, Michigan Caledonia, Michigan Menominee, Michigan Longtown, Missouri Contoocook, New Hampshire Albuquerque, New Mexico Coram, New York Nineveh, New York Southold, New York Tioga Center, New York Cary, North Carolina Elizabeth City, North Carolina Franklin, North Carolina Coshocton, Ohio Ravenna, Ohio South Euclid, Ohio Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon Portland, Oregon Kennett Square, Pennsylvania Malvern, Pennsylvania Mountain Top, Pennsylvania West Goshen, Pennsylvania Butler, Tennessee Clarksville, Tennessee Hendersonville, Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee Memphis, Tennessee Middle Valley, Tennessee Austin, Texas Brushy Creek, Texas Richmond, Texas San Antonio, Texas Whitehouse, Texas Willis, Texas Cambridge, Vermont , Virginia Chantilly, Virginia Glade Spring, Virginia Leesburg, Virginia Portsmouth, Virginia Ruther Glen, Virginia Edgewood, Washington Kalama, Washington Lake Bosworth, Washington Weirton, West Virginia