Clematis, Early Large-flowered Clematis 'Sunset'


Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Cultivar: Sunset
Hybridized by Steffen
Registered or introduced: circa 1990
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Early Large-flowered


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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:

Fuchsia (red-purple)

Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Bloom Shape:


Bloom Diameter:

Medium - 2 to 5 inches (5 to 12 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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Pruning Groups:

Group 2 - Repeat bloomers; prune immediately after flowering

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are showy

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:

Lafayette, Louisiana

Ellicott City, Maryland

Beverly, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

Fanwood, New Jersey

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Charleston, South Carolina

Kalama, Washington

Orchards, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 14, 2012, Tarragon13 from Beverly, MA wrote:

Last spring (2011) I purchased this vine from Brushwood Nursery. It settled nicely into its location against a black wrought iron fence. Today, May 14, it two blossoms appeared with several buds. The color is eye-catching. I would describe the color as a rich, deep magenta. It's difficult to tell from photos what the color is really going to be. "Sunset" is a clematis that needs to be seen in person.


On Apr 26, 2008, DreamOfSpring from Charleston, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

This one is literally stopping traffic. I have it growing up one trunk of a small, multi-trunk, magnolia virginiana in my front yard. It is about 4ft tall now and blooming well. The bunches of deep red blooms scampering up the side of the tree are now bringing stranger (and neighbors alike) to my door to inquire about the name of this plant. People walking by one the sidewalk are stopping to ask about it, when they catch me outside. A few have come to the door.

The color is quite deep, rich, and dramatic. I don't think that photos really do it justice, not even the professional photos used by sellers. The blooms actually have a subtle 2-tone coloring, with a center stripe that is almost indiscernible in the spring blooms but often well defined (sort of med, rosy, lavender-bl... read more


On Sep 23, 2006, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

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