This deciduous clematis was chosen for its rich, four inch, red-purple flowers that appear in abundance from mid-summer to late fall. ‘Polish Spirit’ is profusely vigorous and is best grown on a trellis or fence to keep it from smothering trees or shrubs. As with all Clematis viticella selections and most of their hybrids, this vine has good resistance to clematis wilt. Sold in one gallon container.
This clematis will grow best in full sun to light or open shade. Provide a location with rich well-drained soil where it can be regularly watered during dry weather. Plant vines that are well rooted and at least two years old. In our climate planting too deeply can smother the roots. Set young plants at the same depth they were in their nursery pots. Clematis are heavy feeders and appreciate fertilizing in spring. This clematis will blooms on new growth so it is best to prune in winter. Remove congested or tangled growth and thin to the strongest stems. Well established plants can be cut back to 12 inches tall in winter to remove large tangles, allowing robust new stems to fill out the plant.
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)
Plant Height-Mature: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)
Plant Width-Mature: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9
Flower Color: purple
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade
Water Requirements: regular watering
Seasonal Interest: mid-summer to late autumn flowers