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Clematis 'Ville de Lyon'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Cultivar: Ville de Lyon
Hybridized by Morel; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1899

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16 members have or want this plant for trade.

Early Large-flowered

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 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:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Bloom Shape:

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

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Pruning Groups:
Group 3 - Summer/Fall bloomers; prune hard in early spring

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By air layering
By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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8 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On Apr 23, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Group III clematis

Positive chgogardennut On Mar 25, 2010, chgogardennut from Chicago, IL wrote:

This is one of two of my best clematis. I have been growing 'Ville de Lyon' for the past nine to ten years. I always cut it back every spring very hard! I cut it down to 12" to 24" inches. I always am rewarded with a profuse of vines and flowers in June. This vine takes over the corner of my wrought iron fence!

I try to add amendments like humus and manure or a fertilizer every month depending on month of the season. Right now, I will top dress the roots with commercial humus and manure to replace any dirt that has eroded away during the winter! During the summer, I usually use bone meal or blood meal alternating monthly. I have noticed that it flowers better for me when I feed it on a regular basis.

I tried to make sure that it is watered welled especially during the summer time! I have noticed that the in late July or August that the bottom portion of this vine tends to brown and wilt. Usually, it seems to coordinate when I am not vigilant about watering it! Due to it age, I have noticed that the root system is very close to the top of the soil and has an extensive root system that has a wide spread!

Positive jankasony On Feb 23, 2010, jankasony from Trafford, PA wrote:

I cut mine nearly to the ground in early spring, which produced a profusion of growth and flowers - so much so that the trellis was leaning from the weight of the plant.

This clematis blooms reliably in Level Green, PA, which is east of Pittsburgh

Positive TBGDN On Feb 12, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A very nice color in clematis. This one blooms profusely in late spring/early summer, and again in late summer. I have it growing on a wooden fence with lattice support along the driveway. I also have three others (Niobe, Nellie Mosier and Jackmanii) spaced along the fence. I give it a positive rating on color alone, however, its growth and bloom habits are also positive.

Positive Marlina On Jul 30, 2005, Marlina from Blaine, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

I have four of these throughout my yard. I just love the color it is such a vivid majenta. This is my first year for all but one. The older one blooms and blooms starts in mid- summer and will continue into the fall.

Positive BUFFY690 On May 9, 2005, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I had growing this in a pot for a couple of years with a buddy clematis, I have this year of 2005 put it into the ground, Man it was so happy it leaped up my support post, and had much larger flowers than I had ever imagined it would have. This was a lesson in the crampedness of the pots. I am so excited about what it will look like next spring.

Positive langbr On Apr 14, 2004, langbr from Olathe, KS (Zone 6a) wrote:

An old variety from France (1899) raised by Morel. Strong growing, free-flowering. Flowers reach 5-inches in diameter. Flowers early summer to early fall. Pruning category 2 (light pruning) or 3 (hard pruning) depending on your needs/placement.

Positive lupinelover On May 30, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

A strong grower for me. It blooms mid to late May, and again in September. The color is a strong purple, possibly due to the high alkaline content in my soil.


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

San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Sebastopol, California
Stockton, California
Northford, Connecticut
Richmond Hill, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois
Petersburg, Indiana
Sidney, Iowa
Olathe, Kansas
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Monroe, Louisiana
Berlin, Maryland
Edgewater, Maryland
Laurel, Maryland
Pikesville, Maryland
Canton, Michigan
Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
Trenton, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Perham, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Columbus, Mississippi
Jackson, Missouri
Lincoln, Nebraska
Denville, New Jersey
Metuchen, New Jersey
Big Flats, New York
Brooklyn, New York
Southold, New York
Dayton, Ohio
Grove City, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Reading, Pennsylvania
Trafford, Pennsylvania
Bluffton, South Carolina
Prosperity, South Carolina
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Trenton, Tennessee
Hereford, Texas
Paris, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Willis, Texas
Newport News, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Parkersburg, West Virginia
Appleton, Wisconsin

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