Clematis ‘Westerplatte’ Early Large-Flowered Group
red early large-flowered clematis
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This small, compact grower produces a great show of 4 to 5 inch dark burgundy red flowers in early summer then again in later summer to early fall. The tepals (clematis flower petals) are broad and curve slightly back giving a full appearance to each bloom. This vine is a great choice for smaller gardens and for use in containers.
Plant Type: vine
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)
Plant Height-Mature: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)
Plant Width-Mature: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9
Flower Color: red
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade
Water Requirements: regular watering
Seasonal Interest: flowers in early summer with a second flush of blooms in late summer to early autumn
Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: cream, orange, yellow
Great Color Partners: bronze, burgundy, red, violet
- Culture Notes
- This clematis will grow best in full sun to light or open 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 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.
- Geek Notes
- Clematis 'Westerplatte' was raised by Brother Stefan Franczak of Poland. It is named in honor of the heroes of the First Armoured Brigade based on the Westerplatte peninsula at Gdansk Bay. During the period between the two world wars, there was a Polish military unit stationed near Gdansk, protecting the port. In 1939 an armoured German battleship bombarded Westerplatte and the soldiers defended it against the Nazi forces for sever days. Since that time Westerplatte has symbolized soldiers' heroism.