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PlantFiles: Clematis
Clematis 'The President'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Cultivar: The President
Hybridized by Noble; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1876

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Early Large-flowered

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Bloom Shape:
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Bloom Diameter:
Large - 5 to 8 inches (12 to 20 cm)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Other details:
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Pruning Groups:
Group 2 - Repeat bloomers; prune immediately after flowering

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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4 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive whalloper On Apr 27, 2012, whalloper from Bear, DE wrote:

Awesome 7" violet, almost blue blooms with 8 petals pointed at the tips. The petals have a faint silvery center stripe laid on top of the viotet color, giving it a fascinating metallic finish.

I have had this plant for 3 seasons and I love it. I have trained it to grow up a fence which faces east. Currently have 21 open flowers, and 32 unopened buds as of 4/27.

When I fertilize my roses (Rose Tone), I usually throw some at the base of The President also.

Positive nifty413 On Apr 11, 2007, nifty413 from Garland, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is the only large-flowered clematis I've had success with in my years of trying to grow them here in North Texas. It must be in the right spot -- the roots receive no direct sunlight and the foliage only receives morning sun. It grows wonderfully amongst my 'Kathleen' climbing rose!

Neutral mystic On Sep 23, 2006, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Received The Royal Horticultural Society, Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in 1993.

Negative fescuefairy On Jul 1, 2006, fescuefairy from Franklin, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

My neighbor and I both bought this clematis this spring and planted in good spots. Mine withered up and died a slow death within two months. My neighbors is doing the same. I've always had good luck with clematis but generally buy them very small. This was a very big plant in full bloom when I got it.Too bad, it had a beautiful bloom.

Positive teatimer On Jun 12, 2005, teatimer from Lavrica
Slovenia (Zone 7a) wrote:

The president is a trooper. It does benefit from being cut back strongly in early spring. Flowering is delayed but the plant gets bushier and more resilient.

Neutral Karenn On Oct 22, 2003, Karenn from Mount Prospect, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have 'The President', along with 'Josephine', 'Niobi', 'H. F. Young', 'Multi-blue', and two new ones I just put in the ground this year.

Positive mingsmimi On May 29, 2002, mingsmimi from Sharpsville, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

My plant is now about 6 years old. I was hoping for more flowering; I don't know about cutting it back.


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

, (2 reports)
Anderson, California
San Leandro, California
Ridgefield, Connecticut
Bear, Delaware
Meridian, Idaho
Aurora, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Iowa City, Iowa
Louisville, Kentucky
Beverly, Massachusetts
Dracut, Massachusetts
Caledonia, Michigan
Kasota, Minnesota
Luverne, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Columbus, Mississippi
Meridian, Mississippi
Metuchen, New Jersey
Brooklyn, New York
Long Beach, New York
Southold, New York
Voorheesville, New York
Cary, North Carolina
Pleasant Garden, North Carolina
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Reeders, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Garland, Texas
Willis, Texas
Williamsburg, Virginia
Bellingham, Washington
Kansasville, Wisconsin
Mc Farland, Wisconsin

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