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Clematis viticella 'Etoile Violette'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Species: viticella (vy-tee-CHELL-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Etoile Violette

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Bloom Shape:

Bloom Diameter:
Medium - 2 to 5 inches (5 to 12 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

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

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Gindee77 On May 15, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Etoile Violette is a great clematis for zone 5. Nothing seems to keep it down. It grows quickly and fills in a trellis before you know it. I recommend this one to anyone who wants instant gratification!

Positive nevadagdn On Mar 24, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

Beautiful and vigorous once established.

Neutral mystic On Jan 3, 2005, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Awarded RHS Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Positive Todd_Boland On Dec 12, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a very old cultivar raised by Morel of France in 1885. The violet-blue flowers are wonderful and the plants floriferous, but the blooms are not quite as large as the very similar cultivar, 'Blue Belle'. Give them a light background to allow the flowers to really stand out.


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

Anchorage, Alaska
Blue Lake, California
Capistrano Beach, California
Laguna Beach, California
San Clemente, California
Chicago, Illinois
Hampton, Illinois
Oak Park, Illinois
Gardiner, Maine
Ellicott City, Maryland
Frederick, Maryland
Albert Lea, Minnesota
Sparks, Nevada
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Schoharie, New York
Waterford, New York
Portland, Oregon
Pittston, Pennsylvania
Clarksville, Tennessee
Houston, Texas
Willis, Texas
Pearisburg, Virginia
Lake Stevens, Washington

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