Clematis viticella 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'

These varieties bloom first on new growth beginning in midsummer, and then again on new shoots in early fall. The second round will likely produce smaller flowers than the first and flowers that were double the first time may be single the second time.  Sold in one gallon containers.


Small-flowered clematis do not need to be pruned regularly. Only when they grow too large for their space should they be cut back. Though their growth habit makes them difficult to prune, it can be done in late winter or early spring. All shoots can be cut back to the previous year's wood, just above the base of the plant. This pruning is necessary to avoid getting a bare stem with a thick tangle above it. The spring flowers will be eliminated for that year, but the late summer flowers should still be produced. Alternatively, if you don't want to cut the entire plant back all at once, pruning can be done in stages over a period of 3 years. Each year, prune back 1/3 of the stems to 6-9 inches above a couple of well-developed buds.


  • A small-flowered variety, 3"-4" in diameter
  • Elegant, double, reddish-purple flowers
  • Heavy bloomer from July-Oct.
  • Carefree and disease resistant variety
  • Will grow in almost any location
  • Recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 1993


Height: 8.0-12.0 Feet

Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8

Flower Color: Purple-red shades
Foliage Color: Green shades
Sunlight: Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun) / Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)
Water Requirements: Average Water Needs
Soil Quality: Poor Soil Quality /Average Soil Quality / Fertile Soil Quality
Bloomtime: Midsummer / Late Summer /Early Fall
Attracts Wings: Attracts Hummingbirds
Critter Resistant: Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Growth Rate: Medium
Garden Style: Patio Container, Cottage, Eclectic
Landscape Uses: Border Plant, Climbing, Container, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage, Specimen, Focal Point

Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'