Clematis 'Kiri te Kanawa'
Kiri te Kanawa Clematis
- Main interest:
- deep blue to violet coloured flowers, double flowers even on new growths, white stamens, long blooming season
- full sun to partial shade
- Soil humidity:
- moist soil; well drained
- Growth type:
- Flower colour:
- deep blue to violet
- Flowering period:
- June to September
- USDA Hardiness:
- zone 4a: -34.5 °C (-30 °F) View Zone Map
- Mature height & width (max.):
- height: 9 ft (2.7 m) width: 5 ft (1.5 m)
- fence, pergola, trellis, wall, planter
Clematis 'Kiri te Kanawa' has large, deep blue to violet coloured double blooms with creamy white stamens. The flowers are 6-8 in (15-20 cm) wide and bloom between June and September. Kiri te Kanawa Clematis is an hybrid variety bred by Barry Fretwell. This Double Blue Clematis is special because it has double blooms that appear on both, old wood and new growth.
Clematis vines are most often planted near a trellis, patio wall, or some structure for support. They can also be planted sprawling over shrubs, stumps, or through perennial gardens.
Clematis is best planted in a location where the foliage and flowers are mostly in the sun, but the roots are kept cool and moist in the shade. Consider using mulch around the root zone in summer and fall. Pruning Group: 2
Group 1 – Flowers only on old wood (previous year). Prune after spring flowering.
Group 2 – Flowers on both old and new wood. Little pruning should be done for woody-stemmed members of this Group. If cut to the ground or pruned in fall or spring, flowering will be reduced or delayed, but not prevented.
Group 3 – Flowers only on new wood. Can be cut to the ground in fall or spring.
Also known as: Double Blue Clematis, Large Blue-flowered Clematis, Double Purple Clematis, Large Purple-flowered Clematis, Early Large-flowered clematis, Long Blooming Clematis