What variety do I have?

justinryan215June 6, 2010

I was just wondering,oh gurus of clematis, if anyone knew orcouldgetme close to what variety of clematis I may have purchased four years ago from the local walmart?


If it is any help, it seems that it blooms on old wood, and my wife and I thought that itwas dead for the last two years, as it did pretty much nothing...but this year it is going like gangbusters!

Thanks in advance!

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bob414(USDA 9, Sunset 15)
    Bookmark   June 6, 2010 at 10:28PM
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dublinbay z6 (KS)

Lucky you--Venosa Violaea is a terrific clem. Mine is blooming right now and is so lovely.

I've done that too--planted a clem, it "disappears" for a couple years and I forget I even planted one there, and then suddenly, there it is in all its glory!

Life should always give us such surprises!


    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 9:14AM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Venosa Violacea blooms on new wood so it should be chopped down to a foot tall or so every year. It is a spectacular Clematis that I will never be without.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 11:30AM
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Thank you everyone for the quick response!
I do have one question, though. If it likes a hard pruning, (and lets face it, who doesnt?)why does it seem that it only growes from new wood? Last year, we had nothing (alright, maybe a few small flowers), but this year, this is setting buds left and right. We did not prune it at all, but this year, and for the firsttime, it is really going!
Also, how can I get the plant to be more full (more leaves)? I am growing this clematis up a white lamppost, and it doesnt seem very "bushy" for lack of a better term...


    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 6:27PM
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bob414(USDA 9, Sunset 15)

It flowers on new wood. That's why you want to cut it back each year. It will grow new stems and the leaves and blooms will be lower. Someone in your zone can tell you the best time to cut it back each year.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 8:10PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

The more you cut it back, the more stems you will get.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 10:06PM
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dublinbay z6 (KS)

I don't know how similar our Zones 6 are (I'm in Kansas), but I prune Venosa Violacea and my other clems usually about February or so.


    Bookmark   June 8, 2010 at 7:34AM
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pump_toad(z4 iowa)

I am in zone 4 Iowa and I prune mine a little later as we still have snow on the ground until the end of March.Sometimes it's the first of April or whenever I can see new growth.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2010 at 8:36AM
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