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PlantFiles: Clematis
Clematis 'Arabella'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Cultivar: Arabella
Hybridized by Fretwell; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1990

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:
Light Blue

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
Blooms repeatedly

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
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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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive nancybrataas On Apr 2, 2008, nancybrataas from Rochester, MN wrote:

Arabella is my favorite clematis of the 50 clematis varieties in my zone 4 garden. Three years ago I put in 120 Arabella plants instead of planting any annuals. As a non-climbing, 4-6 foot clematis, I placed them here, there, everywhere . . . in shade, part-shade, sun . . . some to "scramble" over groundcover and intermingle with other plants . . . some to attach to trellises . . . some to drape on limbs of yew trees (6-8 feet tall) and grow through small shrubs. Since Arabella is from the Integrifolia Group, there is no problem with wilt. The free-flowering blooms cover the whole plant (not just the tips) . . . are violet in bud but quickly turn to a vivid light blue . . . and continue from June until frost. Truly spectacular!

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

A lovely non-clinging compact Clematis with deep purple-blue tepals. As it ages, a pink mauve vein appears. Creamy yellow anthers compliment the flowers.

Neutral mystic On Sep 10, 2006, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

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

Positive Charlotteda On Apr 18, 2005, Charlotteda from Pickens, SC (Zone 7a) wrote:

2005 is my first year with this plant but it overwintered well in a small container and is already blooming in mid april !


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

Gainesville, Florida
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Rochester, Minnesota
Salem, New Hampshire
Fanwood, New Jersey
Big Flats, New York
Brooklyn, New York
Hudson, New York
Monmouth, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Pickens, South Carolina
Aberdeen, South Dakota
South Burlington, Vermont

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