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A picture of a Purple Clematis

Purple Clematis

Clematis viticella

Also known as

Italian Leather Flower, Italian Clematis, Italian Virgin's-Bower

PurpleClematis1 by UpstateNYer (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Purple Clematis

A close up of some purple blue Clematis viticella flowers
A Clematis viticella plant with purple flowers in a garden
A Clematis viticella plant with purple flowers in a garden
A photo of Purple Clematis
A photo of Purple Clematis

Purple Clematis Overview

Clematis viticella is a summer flowering species that produces purple, blue or rose-red flowers with cream-yellow anthers in the centre. Flowers are bell-shaped with open petals and can reach a size of 4cm across. This hardy species is deciduous and thus loses its green foliage over the winter and regrows new leaves in the spring. It has a climbing habit and may be effectively trained around structures such as a trellis or wall.

Common problems with Purple Clematis

Generally pest and disease free. Aphids may target new growth. May also be attacked by slugs and snails cutting through the base of shoots. It can also suffer from powdery mildew and clematis wilt.

How to propagate Purple Clematis


Take softwood cuttings in spring or semi ripe cuttings in early summer.


Layer late in winter or early in spring.

Special features of Purple Clematis

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Purple Clematis

Can be grown in wall side borders in urban courtyards, informal gardens as well as patio containers.

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