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A picture of a Austrian Clematis

Austrian Clematis

Clematis alpina

Also known as

Alpine clematis

Clematis alpina ENBLA01 by Enrico Blasutto (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Austrian Clematis

A close up of a purple Clematis alpina flower
A close up of a blue Clematis alpina flower
Some Clematis alpina with green leaves and purple flowers in a garden
A photo of Austrian Clematis
A photo of Austrian Clematis

Austrian Clematis Overview

Clematis alpina is an attractive purple-flowering species also known by the name Austrian clematis. It resides in the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae and is termed a medium-sized climber. This plant is deciduous and thus loses its green foliage in the autumn and regrows new leaves in the spring. Foliage is divided into 9 narrowly-lance-shaped leaflets, these are arranged oppositely on stems. Flowers hang facing the ground, they are pale in colour, ranging from purple to light violet-blue. They have long tepal structures measuring up to 4cm in length, which surround creamy central parts. Flowers appear from mid-late spring and sometimes in midsummer.

Common problems with Austrian Clematis

How to propagate Austrian Clematis



Semi-hardwood cuttings.

Special features of Austrian Clematis

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Can be effectively grown in containers.

Other uses of Austrian Clematis

Ground cover, through trees, wall, trellis.