Clematis ‘Westerplatte’ Early Large-Flowered Group

red early large-flowered clematis

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Outstanding Qualities

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.

Quick Facts

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.