Clematis alpina 'Frances Rivis'
clematis 'Frances Rivis'
'Francis Rivis' is a medium-sized deciduous climber with narrow, serrate leaflets. Flowers with four tapering, clear light violet-blue sepals 5cm in length, surrounding prominent cream staminodes and stamens in early to late spring with occasional flowers in late summer.
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Ultimate height1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread1–1.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
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
- Horticultural Group
- Atragene Group Clematis consists of woody climbers with deciduous, 1 to 2-ternate leaves and nodding, bell-shaped, single or double flowers to 10cm across, on old wood in spring and early summer, occasionally also later, on current year's growth
How to grow
Plant in a moisture-retentive, well-drained soil, with the roots and base of the plant kept cool and shaded by other plants or a layer of pebbles at the base. Plant with the crown 5-8cm (2-3in) deep to encourage new shoots to grow from below ground level. Can be grown in containers at least 45cm (18in) deep and wide in a soil based potting compost
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Wall side borders
May suffer from Clematis slime flux
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