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Climber Wall Shrub

Clematis 'Long Tall Sally' (V)

clematis 'Long Tall Sally'

'Long Tall Sally' is a climber to 2m tall with nodding, tubular flowers to 4cm long comprising 4 tepals fused along their length with tips free and curving outwards Flowers are lilac-purple at the base and creamy-white at the tips and are followed by persistent seedheads

Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Purple White Green
Summer Purple White Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Ranunculaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Climbing
Potentially harmful
Skin irritant. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling. Pets (rabbits): Harmful if eaten. For further information and contact numbers regarding pets, see the HTA guide to potentially harmful plants
Genus

Clematis can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or herbaceous perennials, mostly climbing by twining leaf-stalks, and often with showy flowers. Some have attractive fluffy seedheads in autumn

Name status

Accepted

Horticultural Group
Viorna Group consists of deciduous climbers or erect, sometimes herbaceous, perennials, with termate to pinnate leaves and small, urn or bell-shaped flowers on the current year's growth from late spring to autumn

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in full sun or partial shade in containers that are at least 45cm deep and wide or in the ground in cool, moisture-retentive, well-drained soil. See clematis cultivation for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by internodal, leaf-bud, semi-ripe cuttings or by layering

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning (clematis) group 3

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, snails and caterpillars; petals may be eaten by earwigs

Diseases

May be susceptible to honey fungus (rarely), clematis wilt and clematis slime flux

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