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PlantFiles: Clematis
Clematis 'Viola'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Cultivar: Viola
Hybridized by Kivistik; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1983

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Late Large-flowered

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Bloom Color:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Bloom Shape:

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

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Unknown - Tell us

Pruning Groups:
Group 3 - Summer/Fall bloomers; prune hard in early spring

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By serpentine layering
By stooling or mound layering

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Elinore On May 12, 2012, Elinore from Minocqua, WI (Zone 4a) wrote:

I love this variety! The color is deep and striking. I was surprised that the peduncles are so long that the flowers droop downward a bit. I've come to appreciate the different look this gives the plant, and the pretty way the flowers sway in a breeze. It's a nice contrast to all my other clematis. Also, it's super hardy! Mine is in a raised bed and gets high wind off the lake in my zone 4 yard and still grows beautifully!

Neutral JeanneTX On Jul 1, 2008, JeanneTX from Willis, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I planted this clematis this past Spring and am amazed how vigorous this viticella is...already shot up 7 feet tall and what a delicious deep purple

Positive Shirley1md On Nov 24, 2006, Shirley1md from Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

A beautiful dark violet-purple bloom with greenish yellow stamen.


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

Chicago, Illinois
Houston, Texas
Willis, Texas
Petersburg, West Virginia
Minocqua, Wisconsin

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