Clematis, Montana Clematis, Early Small-flowered Clematis 'Elizabeth'


Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Cultivar: Elizabeth
Additional cultivar information:(aka Elisabeth)
Hybridized by Jackman
Registered or introduced: 1958
Synonym:Clematis montana
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20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


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:

Pale Pink

Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Shape:


Bloom Diameter:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Other details:

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Pruning Groups:

Group 1 - Spring bloomers; no pruning

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Louisville, Kentucky

Southold, New York

Portland, Oregon

Tiverton, Rhode Island

Summerville, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 17, 2015, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I had a lovely Elizabeth, but I did have some problems. I read that the Montanas should be pruned to shape. I did not prune mine as I was fine with its natural form. It took several years to bloom and when it did they were all at the top of my house. Way too high to appreciate. I'm assuming that I actually needed to prune some vines lower down to encourage fuller flowering? Please advise. A word of warning: I pruned mine hard to about 3 ft and it died. I was stunned! I had no idea that such a vigorous plant would just disappear. So, I advise against heavy pruning. It's probably best to lightly prune throughout its growth cycle, but after flowering. I do know that it takes the previous year's growing season to produce the buds that will open in Spring. So don't prune before flowering or too... read more


On Jun 11, 2010, SabraKhan from Tiverton, RI (Zone 6b) wrote:

Have had Clematis montana 'Elizabeth' for many years now. The trunk has become quite thick. A cloud of light pink every spring smothering my lamp post. Very fragrant of vanilla or baby powder. Needs to be pruned regularly to keep it in bounds and flowering this profusely.


On Jan 3, 2005, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Awarded RHS Award of Garden Merit in 1993.


On Mar 19, 2003, CanadaGoose from Oakville, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

Charming pale pink clematis. Flowers abundantly on previous year's growth. Lovely vanilla scent. Prune immediately after flowering (take cuttings at same time if required) but do not prune hard. Will grow quite large.

Please note that this clematis flowers in mid Spring.