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Clematis viticella 'Polish Spirit'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Species: viticella (vy-tee-CHELL-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Polish Spirit
Hybridized by Franczak; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1984

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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:

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

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full 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:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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7 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative plantgnome1 On Aug 8, 2014, plantgnome1 from nowhere land, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have had this for 5 years and all it does is get foliage, not 1 flower yet. Ripped it out to make room for something else.It is the only clematis I had (out of 6 other types) that never flowered. Very disappointing.

Positive bariolio On Nov 26, 2011, bariolio from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have this gorgeous bloomer planted beneath my eave facing north, so does not get direct sun. It survived our extremely hot summer here in Houston. Now I'll see how it does over the winter. With a nice Spring pruning, I hope to get even more blooms in 2012! Absolutely incredible deep purple color.

Positive Eldine On Jul 28, 2009, Eldine from Wellsville, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

This has done well in my zone for several years. I have it growing up a pole covered in chicken wire and it blooms profusely and the flowers are long lasting. I cut it back almost to the ground in early April. I love the beautiful deep purple color.

Positive toofewanimals On Jan 26, 2009, toofewanimals from Trenton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Just a wonderful easy care plant and bloomer. I have this plant in full sun. It bloomed its first year, the second year it had an incredible bloom and has continued every year since then. We are in zone 5/6.

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.

Positive jwlaytham On Jun 5, 2006, jwlaytham from Arlington, VA wrote:

I planted this 2 years ago in the middle of bushes (hydrandeas & mock orange) and in the shade of an oak, so it gets a lot of shade. So far, so good. It started blooming here in Northern Virginia at the end of May. The flowers are a rich shade of deep purple.

Positive Sarahskeeper On Nov 15, 2005, Sarahskeeper from Brockton, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I love this Clematis. I was given one many years ago and have started many cuttings from it.
Mid-summer blooms cover the plant for almost a month.
The deep purple flowers look great near orange/yellow Day Lilies.
Andy P

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

This selection was raised by Brother Stefan Franczak of Poland and introduced in 1989 by Raymond Evison. Very dense and floriferous with intense purple-blue flowers. Excellent foliage and retains lower leaves (many viticella have a tendency to loose the lower leaves later in the season).

Positive Weezingreens On Aug 16, 2004, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

I was given a small plant last year, and it not only survived the winter, but it has begun blooming. It seems to be a viable perennial here in my zone 3 climate.


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

, (2 reports)
Anchorage, Alaska
Seward, Alaska
Capistrano Beach, California
Fairfield, California
Moreno Valley, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Brighton, Colorado
Longmont, Colorado
Gainesville, Florida
Mt Zion, Illinois
Palmyra, Illinois
Plainfield, Illinois
Rockford, Illinois
Spring Grove, Illinois
Anderson, Indiana
Salvisa, Kentucky
Taylorsville, Kentucky
, Manitoba
Ellicott City, Maryland
Pikesville, Maryland
Stephenson, Michigan
Trenton, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Salem, New Hampshire
Denville, New Jersey
Jamesburg, New Jersey
Alexander, New York
Carmel, New York
Elmira, New York
Fredonia, New York
Mansfield, Ohio
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Fairview, Oregon
Grants Pass, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Roanoke, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Mountlake Terrace, Washington
South Hill, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Washougal, Washington

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