Hardiness: 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: Violet/Lavender
Flower Fragrance: No fragrance
Bloom Shape: Double
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
Danger: 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: Patented
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
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.
**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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Richmond Hill, Georgia Hollister, Idaho Beecher, Illinois Mount Prospect, Illinois Washington, 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 Southold, New York Bethlehem, North Carolina Pekin, North Dakota Columbus, Ohio Corning, Ohio Coshocton, Ohio Ravenna, Ohio Enid, Oklahoma Portland, Oregon Lancaster, Pennsylvania Sarver, Pennsylvania Forest Hills, Tennessee Mount Olympus, Utah Roosevelt, Utah Amelia Court House, Virginia Buffalo Junction, Virginia Linden, Virginia Great Cacapon, West Virginia