Clematis ‘General Sikorski’ Early Large-Flowered Group

early large-flowered clematis

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Outstanding Qualities

This beautiful clematis produces large deep lavender flowers up to 6 inches across in early summer followed by a second flush of smaller, but freely produced blooms in late summer to early autumn. Each colorful bloom has a blush of rose-pink overlaying the rich lavender tepals (clematis flower petals) near the center. In the center of the flower is a tuft of yellow stamens for contrast. This is an excellent choice to grow through rambling roses or over a chain link fence.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: vine

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

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

Plant Height-Mature: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: lavender, purple

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: opulent dark lavender flowers in early summer, then again in late summer to early fall

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: cream, orange, red, yellow

Great Color Partners: blue, lavender, pink, silver

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.