Clematis ‘Betty Corning’

viticella clematis

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

One of the most delicate and delightful vines, Clematis ‘Betty Corning’ produces a long procession of nodding flowers from mid-summer until early autumn. The lavender blue petals dangle from long flower stems and give the appearance of ballerina skirts floating in the air. Although this clematis has good garden vigor, it will not overrun its neighbors. Its open growth habit makes for a lovely scene running through large shrubs or small trees. As with all Clematis viticella selections and most of their hybrids, this vine has good resistance to clematis wilt.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: vine

Foliage Type: deciduous

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

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9

Flower Color: lavender

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: midsummer to early autumn flowers

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Plant it with early blooming shrub roses for late season color. A bold and vigorous deciduous shrub like the purple leaved elderberry, Sambucus nigra 'Greda' BLACK BEAUTY(TM), would provide a willing support for this fine clematis.

Great Color Contrasts: black, silver, variegated

Great Color Partners: blue, purple, rose

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. 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 new growth so it is best to prune in winter. Remove congested or tangled growth and thin to the strongest stems. Well established plants can be cut back to 12 inches tall in winter to remove large tangles, allowing robust new stems to fill out the plant.