Clematis, Late Large-flowered Clematis 'Ville de Lyon'


Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Cultivar: Ville de Lyon
Hybridized by Morel
Registered or introduced: 1899
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Late Large-flowered


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:

Magenta (pink-purple)

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:


Propagation Methods:

By air layering

By serpentine 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

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


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

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Sebastopol, California

Stockton, California

Northford, Connecticut

Richmond Hill, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Waukegan, Illinois

Petersburg, Indiana

Sidney, Iowa

Olathe, Kansas

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Monroe, Louisiana

Berlin, Maryland

Edgewater, Maryland

Laurel, Maryland

Pikesville, Maryland

Canton, Michigan

Saint Clair Shores, Michigan

Trenton, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Perham, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Columbus, Mississippi

Jackson, Missouri

Lincoln, Nebraska

Denville, New Jersey

Metuchen, New Jersey

Big Flats, New York

Brooklyn, New York

Southold, New York

Dayton, Ohio

Grove City, Ohio

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Reading, Pennsylvania

Trafford, Pennsylvania

Bluffton, South Carolina

Prosperity, South Carolina

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Trenton, Tennessee

Hereford, Texas

Paris, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Willis, Texas

South Jordan, Utah

Newport News, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Parkersburg, West Virginia

Appleton, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 7, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This has performed well for me for over a decade.

Blackened crispy leaves are often due to a common fungal disease called clematis wilt. Large-flowered clematis are more prone to clematis wilt than the species and small-flowered hybrids.

Clematis and tomatoes are two exceptions to the usual rule, and are best planted 6 inches deeper than the soil level in the pot. This protects the stem bases from mechanical damage, and helps prevent clematis wilt, whose fungus enters where there's damage. It also helps keep the roots cool.

Many small-flowered hybrids are spectacular in flower... read more


On Apr 23, 2010, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

Group III clematis


On Mar 25, 2010, chgogardennut from Chicago, IL wrote:

This is one of two of my best clematis. I have been growing 'Ville de Lyon' for the past nine to ten years. I always cut it back every spring very hard! I cut it down to 12" to 24" inches. I always am rewarded with a profuse of vines and flowers in June. This vine takes over the corner of my wrought iron fence!

I try to add amendments like humus and manure or a fertilizer every month depending on month of the season. Right now, I will top dress the roots with commercial humus and manure to replace any dirt that has eroded away during the winter! During the summer, I usually use bone meal or blood meal alternating monthly. I have noticed that it flowers better for me when I feed it on a regular basis.

I tried to make sure that it is watered welled esp... read more


On Feb 23, 2010, jankasony from Trafford, PA wrote:

I cut mine nearly to the ground in early spring, which produced a profusion of growth and flowers - so much so that the trellis was leaning from the weight of the plant.

This clematis blooms reliably in Level Green, PA, which is east of Pittsburgh


On Feb 12, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A very nice color in clematis. This one blooms profusely in late spring/early summer, and again in late summer. I have it growing on a wooden fence with lattice support along the driveway. I also have three others (Niobe, Nellie Mosier and Jackmanii) spaced along the fence. I give it a positive rating on color alone, however, its growth and bloom habits are also positive.


On Jul 30, 2005, Marlina from Blaine, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

I have four of these throughout my yard. I just love the color it is such a vivid majenta. This is my first year for all but one. The older one blooms and blooms starts in mid- summer and will continue into the fall.


On May 9, 2005, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I had growing this in a pot for a couple of years with a buddy clematis, I have this year of 2005 put it into the ground, Man it was so happy it leaped up my support post, and had much larger flowers than I had ever imagined it would have. This was a lesson in the crampedness of the pots. I am so excited about what it will look like next spring.


On Apr 14, 2004, langbr from Lenexa, KS (Zone 6a) wrote:

An old variety from France (1899) raised by Morel. Strong growing, free-flowering. Flowers reach 5-inches in diameter. Flowers early summer to early fall. Pruning category 2 (light pruning) or 3 (hard pruning) depending on your needs/placement.


On May 30, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

A strong grower for me. It blooms mid to late May, and again in September. The color is a strong purple, possibly due to the high alkaline content in my soil.