Clematis, Alpine Clematis, Atragene Clematis, Early Small-flowered Clematis 'Frankie'

Clematis alpina

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Species: alpina (AL-pin-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Frankie
Hybridized by Meecham
Registered or introduced: 1990
Synonym:Clematis alpina
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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

Bloom Color:

Medium Blue

Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Bloom Shape:



Bloom Diameter:

Medium - 2 to 5 inches (5 to 12 cm)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us


Unknown - Tell us

Pruning Groups:

Group 1 - Spring bloomers; no pruning

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

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:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Ellicott City, Maryland

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 24, 2014, KirstenEC from Ellicott City, MD wrote:

I think this plant would be very good in my yard, but I can't seem to find a US supplier. There are several UK sites that offer this plant, but the ones that I have checked out don't ship to the US. Since it's still January, I hope that some US supplier will be adding Frankie to their online listings site soon. If anyone can help me find a source for this plant, I would be much obliged. I am new to Dave's Garden and haven't created a list of plants that I have to trade yet, but I would be happy to dig up something to exchange for a Clematis 'Frankie'.


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

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


On Mar 31, 2006, Shirley1md from Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

This Clematis is part of the Atragene group that blooms in Spring. It was raised by Frank Meecham (U.K.) in 1990 & 1991, hence the name of this vine. The bluish flowers are nodding, long pointed & almost elliptical in shape with white staminodes in the center.


On Dec 11, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

A great mid-blue coloured alpine clematis. This cultivar looks very much like 'Francis Rivis' and is actually considered an improved version of that plant. Super hardy and floriferous with attractive fluffy seedheads by mid-summer.