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VIORNA Group

Clematis 'Sophie'

Clematis 'Sophie'

VIORNA Group

Clematis 'Sophie'

Clematis 'Sophie'

Color of flowers violet, bell-shaped
Plants height 0.5-1 m
Flowers size small
Flowering month V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X
Aspect S, E, W
Pruning way 3 (hard)
Frost hardiness Zones 5 - 9

Charming, elegant Japanese cultivar of bell-shaped, nodding flowers, 1.5-2 cm in diameter consisting of 4 violet sepals with lighter margins and pointy, strongly curled tips on long, purple pedicles.  On the outside of the sepals there are 3 delicate ribs, the inside is violet-pink, lighter towards the base, nearly white around the stamens which consist of yellow anthers on white filaments. Flowers are borne for a long time – from May till October - on this year's wood. It clears up nicely after the flowers have faded. Single or trifoliate leaves, 12 cm long and 14 cm wide, with leaflets ususally lanceloate, sometimes clefted. New shoots are purple then green, and turn brown when mature. The plant reaches 80 cm height. It doesn't climb over supports but can lean on them.
It is frost hardy and tolerates average, well-drained soil. Prefers well-lit and airy sites. When planted in a sheltered spot it is sometimes attacked by powdery mildew. Looks particularly attractive when intermingled with small deciduous or coniferous shrubs but it can also form subtle covers or be trained over low supports with shoots tied to them. It is recommended to plant along garden paths to allow a close view of its small elaborate flowers. Suitable for container cultivation.