Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’ Armandii Group

evergreen clematis

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

The bold foliage and quick growth make this a very useful vine, but it really stands out in the garden when it is in full bloom from late winter to early spring. A profusion of small pure white flowers cover the vine like a sudden snow flurry. Each flower is part of a larger cluster and has a sweet fragrance that perfumes the air. The leaves are fully evergreen and have a pleasant bronzy tone when they first emerge. The bronzy new growth looks great against the white flowers.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: vine

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 40 ft. 0 in. (12.19 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: fragrant flowers in late winter with beautiful foliage all year long

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

Resistant to: rabbits, slug, snail

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, chartreuse, lavender, purple

Great Color Partners: bronze, pink, silver

Culture Notes
This evergreen clematis is a large grower and requires plenty of space to spread. It will grow best in light to open shade or full sun if the location is not a hot spot. Provide a site with rich well-drained soil where it can be occasionally watered during dry weather. Plant vines that are well rooted and at least two years old. In our climate planting too deeply can smother the roots. Set young plants at the same depth they were in their nursery pots. Clematis are heavy feeders and appreciate fertilizing in spring. This clematis blooms on one year old stems so prune lightly in late winter, only removing congested or tangled growth or if heavy pruning is required do it immediately after flowering in spring.