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PlantFiles: Clematis
Clematis 'Elsa Spaeth'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Cultivar: Elsa Spaeth
Additional cultivar information: (aka Elsa Spth, Xerxes)
Hybridized by Spth, Germany; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1891

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Early Large-flowered

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Bloom Color:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Bloom Shape:

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

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Late Fall/Early Winter

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial 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
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive linjasar On Jun 26, 2008, linjasar from Sarver, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This plant just really kicked in after about three years. It bloomed so little last year that I could not remember which clematis it was. It has bloomed for weeks this year. I love the color and size of the flowers!

Positive kdestiny On May 9, 2006, kdestiny from Shickshinny, PA wrote:

I have an "Elsa Spath" clematis which I had outside last season and brought in for the winter. I love it! I had blooms throughout the winter and since I put it back out side two weeks ago it has grown almost 4 feet! It seems tolerant of drought as well. It gets beautiful 2-3" purple blooms and will flower many times during the growing season.

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

Awarded RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Positive Petsitterbarb On Jun 5, 2003, Petsitterbarb from Claremore, OK wrote:

I've found this plant to be perfectly lovely! I love the softer color of purple, and I even have one that blooms in mostly shade conditions, although it's new this year. I guess "time will tell" as to future years!
I adore clematis in general, and have LOTS of 'em! The neighbors love it, too!

Positive sunyluvsma On Jun 4, 2003, sunyluvsma wrote:

Lovely vine. big purple flowers. plant in full sun.

Negative Nookie On May 24, 2003, Nookie wrote:

I have tried to grow the clematis for 5 years, and have no success. I've tried different areas in my yard, and no success. My soil is black with quite a bit of clay, and acidic. Is this my problem? Please someone answer, as I would love to grow one. The last one I tried lasted 2 years, and bloomed beautifully, but last winter our frost line went down 97 inches. So I suppose that could be a factor too. I live in the U.P. of Michigan, and it's very cold here in winter.


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

Clifton, Colorado
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Old Jefferson, Louisiana
Chevy Chase View, Maryland
Southold, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Newark, Ohio
Colonial Pine Hills, South Dakota
Penhook, Virginia

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