Clematis, Late Large-flowered Clematis 'Romantica'


Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Cultivar: Romantica
Additional cultivar information:(aka Romantika)
Hybridized by Kivistik
Registered or introduced: 1983
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Late Large-flowered


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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)

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

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

Bloom Color:

Dark Purple/Black

Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Bloom Shape:


Bloom Diameter:

Large - 5 to 8 inches (12 to 20 cm)

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

San Jose, California

Sebastopol, California

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Austin, Texas (2 reports)

Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 16, 2017, saskboy from Regina, SK (Zone 3b) wrote:

This is a vigorous and trouble free clematis, and the darkest flowered one I've ever come across. The rich dark flowers are the colour of a ripe eggplant. For a really stunning effect, I combine it with morning glory "Heavenly Blue" or a light pink or mauve climbing sweet pea.
The flowers of this clematis do fade slightly as they age , but they never look washed out.
My vine grows about 7 feet high every year , I cut it back to the first set of buds in early May. It begins to bloom in my zone 3 garden in late July and doesn't stop til the earliest frosts get at it.


On May 24, 2015, Ayreslake from Coburg, OR wrote:

My neighbor planted this two years ago on a white arbor with the climbing white rose Iceberg. It is totally stunning! What's more, perhaps due to our mild winter and early spring, it has been in heavy full bloom since about May 15. The flowers sit almost on the top of this arbor already. She didn't hard prune it this year. I have to plant one too! It's fabulous with white.


On Aug 23, 2009, AlexPilgrim from Bourth,
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

Romantika grows well in partial shade. It is a beautiful, generous plant with lovely smooth, green leaves and the darkest of purple flowers with yellow stamens. I can look at it all day. And, the faded flowers drop their petals, so there are no unsightly dead or dying flowers as with some other clematis.


On Jul 27, 2009, Marlina from Blaine, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

This was a slow starter but is finally coming into its own this year with lots of flowers.


On May 29, 2008, s1ren from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Beautiful purple flower, so deep it's almost black. I grew this in a container for about six years before I planted it in the ground, cut it to the ground every Fall, and every Spring it comes back bigger and better. It usually flowers twice for me - once in the Spring after it's first growth, then again in the Fall after a second growth spurt at the end of summer. By far my favorite Clematis of all the ones I've grown.


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

A beautiful Clematis that opens with almost a black shade then fades to a deep purple as it ages.