Clematis, Early Large-flowered Clematis 'Arctic Queen'


Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Cultivar: Arctic Queen
Additional cultivar information:(PP09362; aka Evitwo)
Hybridized by Evison
Registered or introduced: 1989
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Early Large-flowered


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


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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:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Other details:

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All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Pruning Groups:

Group 2 - Repeat bloomers; prune immediately after flowering

Patent Information:

Patent expired

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

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:

Calistoga, California

Clayton, California

Elk Grove, California

Fairfield, California

Montara, California

San Jose, California

Olathe, Kansas

Brookeville, Maryland

Clarksville, Maryland

Grand Rapids, Michigan(2 reports)

Kings Park, New York

Ogdensburg, New York

Pekin, North Dakota

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Grants Pass, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Charleston, South Carolina

Mc Kinney, Texas

Richmond, Texas

South Burlington, Vermont

Amelia Court House, Virginia

Clarksville, Virginia

Minocqua, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

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, and long-blooming. I consider them indispensable, especially th... read more


On Apr 19, 2012, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

Has bloomed reliably for two years in a row though sparingly. Grown in a pot with rosa S. de la Malmaison. would probably do better planted directly inground and I may eventually transplant, but not on my to do list right now.


On Jun 19, 2011, Elinore from Minocqua, WI (Zone 4a) wrote:

This clematis comes back reliably for me and blooms heavily year after year. It usually is a bit on the short side, maybe 4-5 feet on average, but here in far Northern WI (zone 3 or 4a, depending on where you look), I'm just happy it comes back at all! Year after year, by early July it is covered in beautiful, huge, double white blossoms. I just LOVE this one!


On Mar 16, 2011, jazzy1okc from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

I noticed recently that, while I have buds on the old growth of my four other other clematis, there are no buds on the one-year-old stems of my Arctic Queen. There is new growth coming up from the roots, however. So, on the advice of a friend who has tons of clematis and is a master gardener, I cut off the dead stems and will train the new growth up trellis. We had a very hot month or two last summer and, although I kept it well watered, it struggled. My friend says she routinely cuts all new clematis down to a few inches of stem the first year. I hadn't intended to do this, but will see what happens. I don't know if this is common for this particular clematis and would like to hear from others.


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

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


On May 29, 2006, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

I've had great success with this cultiver and I don't have any clematic experience.

It likes full sun and the spring weather. I don't know how it'll re-act to our hot summers.

It grows in bounds and responds very well to bloom fertilizer. The thick foliage adds a nice contrast to the snow white flowers.

In the early spring, I prune off the dead wood, above the last nodes.


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

Recent introduction from England (1994). Double-flowered, white variety introduced by Raymond Evison. Blooms on old and new wood. Also know under the cultivar 'Evitwo'.