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Clematis texensis 'Duchess of Albany'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Species: texensis (teck-SEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Duchess of Albany
Hybridized by Jackman & Son, England; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1890

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 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)

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Bloom Shape:

Bloom Diameter:
Small - less than 2 inches (5 cm)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Sun Exposure:
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:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive deewheat On Oct 30, 2009, deewheat from West Baden Springs, IN (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have several varieties of this, all grown from commercial roots, and love them all. According to my research, the best method of propagating these is by burying the middle section of a shoot after removing the leaves. Leave it alone until the end of the following spring. At the end of that spring/beginning of the summer after it has been buried for the previous summer and winter, check that you do have roots on the buried section. If you do (and I usually do) then you can simply clip the section off that you are rooting and move it to its "forever" home.

Positive Meig On Jun 3, 2008, Meig from Far Northwest 'burbs, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Extremely vigorous and blooms like crazy. Gets ginormous and needs a VERY sturdy trellis.

Positive ladygardener1 On May 14, 2006, ladygardener1 from Near Lake Erie, NW, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

A very pretty flower, bloomed most of the summer, a delite to look at. Last year, (2005) was it's second year in my garden. This spring it has taken off, hope the trellis is strong enough might need support.

Positive grikdog On Aug 14, 2005, grikdog from St. Paul, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is a beautiful and vigorous clematis. I made the mistake of growing through my rose bush Stanwell Perpetual and it just is way too vigorous - it smothers it each year by fall. Still I like it - I just need to find it another spot.

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

Awarded RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Positive Gardeninintx On Jul 27, 2004, Gardeninintx from Dallas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Here in Texas (zone 8a) this plant's performace has been excellent, non-stop blooming from May till frost. No disease or insect problems, not even powdery mildew. Hard to find, but worth the search!

Positive Terry On Mar 24, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A very pretty Clematis, but prone to mildew, by all accounts. I hope that I can avoid major problems by keeping it well mulched and having it trained on a trellis that has good airflow on all sides.


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

Easton, Connecticut
Spring Grove, Illinois
West Baden Springs, Indiana
Beverly, Massachusetts
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Auburn, New Hampshire
Freehold, New Jersey
New Milford, New Jersey
Southold, New York
Pekin, North Dakota
Albion, Pennsylvania
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Dallas, Texas
Iredell, Texas
Kaysville, Utah
Port Angeles, Washington

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