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Clematis ‘The President’ Early Large-Flowered Group

purple early large-flowered clematis

Outstanding Qualities

This old cultivar represents one of the best purple clematis you can grow. Large 6 to 7 inch flowers open in early summer a rich violet-purple. The edge of the tepals (clematis flower petals) are wavy with a silvery lavender back. The center of the bloom carries a tuft of cream and red stamens that deepen the tone of the flowers. In late summer to early fall a second flush of flowers appear

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, orange, silver, yellow

Great Color Partners: blue, bronze, burgundy, lavender, pink

Culture Notes

This clematis will grow best in full sun. 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 will 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: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 m.)

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

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: lavender, violet

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering