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Clematis alpina 'Willy'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Species: alpina (AL-pin-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Willy
Hybridized by Zwijnenburg; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1971

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Unknown - Tell us

Pruning Groups:
Group 1 - Spring bloomers; no pruning

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CanyonRoad On May 19, 2011, CanyonRoad from Colorado Springs, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:

"Willy" has grown very well for me on a six-foot high chain link fence in partial shade. The flowering period is short, only a couple of weeks in May, but the little lavender-pink pendant flowers are delightful, somewhat resembling fuchsias. I almost lost Willy during a period of drought several years ago, but it has slowly recovered and is making itself at home again. It does need constant moisture to do well here.

Positive Ficurinia On May 15, 2009, Ficurinia from Portland, OR wrote:

This vine grows very well on the north side of my home in zone 8 with the rambling rose "Darlow's Enigma." I look forward to seeing both in bloom each year. First the Willy clematis in the spring, and then the rose all summer long.

Positive Todd_Boland On Nov 8, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I grow this one next to Pamela Jackman and the blue vs pink contrast is wonderful in June. Very floriferous. I also grow this one up through a chokecherry and when it blooms, it seems the flowers are from the cherry!


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

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Portland, Oregon

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