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Clematis, Early Large-flowered Clematis 'Candida'


Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Cultivar: Candida
Hybridized by Lemoine
Registered or introduced: 1862
Synonym:Clematis lanuginosa
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Early Large-flowered


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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:

White/Near White

Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Bloom Shape:




Bloom Diameter:

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

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Other details:

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Pruning Groups:

Group 2 - Repeat bloomers; prune immediately after flowering

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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 has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cos Cob, Connecticut

Twin Falls, Idaho

Pikesville, Maryland

Caledonia, Michigan

Brunswick, Missouri

Brick, New Jersey

Kings Park, New York

Southold, New York

Sharon, Pennsylvania

Wayne, Pennsylvania

Prosperity, South Carolina

Danville, Virginia

Muscoda, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 12, 2006, linjasar from Upper Saint Clair, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Have had this clematis on a north wall for years. Always puts on on terrific show each year. Almost lost it last year due to wilt. It's back and not blooming as full as previous years, but I'll take it.


On Oct 30, 2004, julie88 from Muscoda, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Candida has grown in my garden for several years. It is a gorgeous pure white cultivar with blooms close to 6" wide. This is a vigorous plant when handled correctly (cool shaded roots and lots of sun).

Pruning Info quoted from a UK grower site:
"Group B flowers mostly in May to June on the old wood and again late in the year on the new wood. Prune out any weak or damaged stems in late February and train the newly hardened stems down into their permanent position"


On Sep 20, 2004, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is my first clematis to bloom in the spring and this year I am getting a very late rebloom in september. Even after I removed it from its pot in which it had gotten rootbound in 1 year, chopped its rootball off to a managable size and replanted it next to a small dead dogwood tree. I gave it a friend there also clematis, fireworks. I can't wait to see the show next year. The flowers on this plant are so large and showy you can't miss them.
A very clear white too.

We are going to have to move these plantings this year because of tree removal...My trellis met is demise as well with all the strong winds we have had this year. My hopes is to replant in the same position with a special support I am to design myself. 2011