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PlantFiles: Clematis, Early Large-flowered Clematis
Clematis 'Josephine'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Cultivar: Josephine
Additional cultivar information: (PP12912; aka EVIjohill)
Hybridized by Hill; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2002

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17 members have or want this plant for trade.

Early Large-flowered


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Bloom Shape:

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

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
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 2 - Repeat bloomers; prune immediately after flowering

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
3 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Gabrielle On Feb 27, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

PPAF #12912

Positive bigarden On Jul 6, 2011, bigarden from Beecher, IL wrote:

I have had this vine for 4 years. It has grown more slowly in partial shade than my other clematis vines, but has not shown any signs of distress. It blooms beautifully as it climbs up one of my apricot trees. I wish I could say the same for the apricot tree.

Negative BirdOfPrey On Jun 15, 2010, BirdOfPrey from Reno, NV wrote:

**UPDATE** ... Don't bother. Every pink one died a horrible death. Now Mid May 2011 and not one survived. Within weeks of the original posting they started wilting and then dead. Winter was not bad at all but these things died before fall. Soil was good as was water. I didn't bother after these were replaced and THOSE died too. Followed the instructions to the letter and no bugs could I find. Kept one indoors and one in shade to see if it made any difference. Nothing. DONT BOTHER!! at least if you live near me. ~~~~~~~~ORIGINAL POST -----> ~~~~~~~......Ok... Got this plant from an online retailer..4 blue and 2 pink. Through no fault of theirs USPS took 10 days to get them here. On arrival they all appeared dead but I planted each one seperately and hoped for the best. To my surpise 1 blue and 1 pink TOOK OFF!! lol. Only 2 weeks old in 7-8hrs of northern nevada sun a day & I already had to re-plant them once into larger containers. The others have dead stems but it seems the roots are still healthy so going to wait it out and see. I saw these blooming at a local nursery and if I was to give them a negative at all it would be that they have no fragrance. Shame for such a lovely flower.

I have a new redwood picket fence going up along the front yard and I'm going to train them along it alternating colors. Can't speak of long term as they are still new but, with seeing how hardy these lil guys & gals are, I'm hoping for the best. So far in 2 weeks they've gone from 1/4in buds to 7in tall seedlings. This rapid growth seems to have subsided now giving way to a "thickening" of the whole plant. On another side note...the retailer has been excellent at getting me the replacements. All in all I'm quite happy with my "afterthought" plants .... 1 more week and they go to ground.


Negative plant_manager On Jul 23, 2008, plant_manager from Lombard, IL wrote:

I planted this along with Henrii on a trellis. I got beautiful flowers the first season. It did not make it over the 2007 winter. I only have Henrii now. I'm in zone 5a, so I'm not sure why this happened.

Positive outdoorlover On Apr 3, 2008, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant does bloom predominately at the top, but its beautiful flowers are worth the top heavy growth. It is pretty easy to grow and blooms in the spring and later in the year in zone 7b, Enid, Oklahoma.

Positive mickgene On Jul 18, 2007, mickgene from Linden, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This clematis bloomed very heavily this third year in the garden and it was in continuous bloom for most of May and some of June.

Positive Jennie_in_MT On Jul 10, 2007, Jennie_in_MT from Lothair, MT (Zone 4a) wrote:

Clematis gardening on the zone 3/4 line can be a challenge! I bought this plant at a big box store a couple of years ago and it was in tough shape with a few straggly and damaged stems. It has survived and though a slow grower, each year it has become more vigorous. I have noticed that it tends to bloom higher on the vine, but have many things planted at its feet so that has not been a problem. This also brings those lovely blooms right to eye level!
I would certainly like it if it had the explosive growth that jackmanii displays here, but I am satisfied with its slow and steady expansion and thrilled with each gorgeous blossom.

Neutral mystic On Sep 21, 2006, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Received The Royal Horticultural Society, Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in 2002.

Neutral doss On May 15, 2006, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Clematis Josephine tends to bloom heavily at the very top of it's vine in the spring. It looks better if it's grown through another plant to hide the plain vine.


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

Fairfield, California
Merced, California
Mission Viejo, California
Quartz Hill, California
San Leandro, California
Sebastopol, California
Stanford, California
Waterford, California
Brandon, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Richmond Hill, Georgia
Twin Falls, Idaho
Beecher, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Carmel, Indiana
Bordelonville, Louisiana
West Friendship, Maryland
Natick, Massachusetts
West Branch, Michigan
Lothair, Montana
Lincoln, Nebraska
Fanwood, New Jersey
New Milford, New Jersey
Big Flats, New York
Campbell Hall, New York
Liverpool, New York
Southold, New York
Dunn, North Carolina
Reidsville, North Carolina
Pekin, North Dakota
Columbus, Ohio
Corning, Ohio
Coshocton, Ohio
Ravenna, Ohio
Enid, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Sarver, Pennsylvania
Nashville, Tennessee
Roosevelt, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Amelia Court House, Virginia
Buffalo Junction, Virginia
Linden, Virginia
Great Cacapon, West Virginia

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