Clematis chiisanensis ‘Lemon Bells’ Atragene Group

yellow bell clematis

Outstanding Qualities

This introduction from the University of British Columbia features bright lemon yellow nodding blooms hanging from dark purple stems. Each dangling flower has a distinctive red blush at the base of the petals. A robust, but not rampant grower it will continue to produce sporadic flowers on the new growth through the summer. Its open growing habit makes it a suitable vine to grow through large shrubs and small trees without smothering the woody host. Once the flowering is finished attractive fluffy seed heads dangle along the vine through the end of summer.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: blue, burgundy, pink, purple

Great Color Partners: bronze, orange, white, yellow

Culture Notes

This clematis will grow best in full sun to light shade. Provide a location with rich well-drained soil where it can be regularly 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, especially in heavy soils. 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 old stems and on new growth, so it is best to only prune lightly in late spring to early summer once the first flush of flowers have finished. Remove congested or tangled growth and thin to the strongest stems. Well established, overgrown plants can be cut back to 12 inches tall in winter to remove large tangles, allowing robust new stems to fill out the plant, but it will not flower the next year.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: vine

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: regular watering