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Other common names
clematis 'Étoile Violette'
Clematis viticella 'Étoile Violette' Clematis FANTASY
Clematis VIOLET STAR
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
Viticella Group are deciduous climbing shrubs with usually pinnate leaves, and nodding, single to double, open-bell-shaped flowers of small to medium-size, produced on the current year's growth in summer and early autumn
'Étoile Violette' is a large, vigorous deciduous climber with mid green leaves in 5 leaflets. Profuse single flowers to 10cm in width, with four to six broad, velvety textured deep purple sepals and a small boss of cream stamens produced mid to late summer.
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect North-facing or South-facing or East-facing or West-facing
Exposure Sheltered or Exposed
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Time to ultimate height
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
Propagate by layering or semi-hardwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Patio & Container Plants
Pruning Pruning (clematis) group 3
Pests Young shoots may be troubled by aphids and caterpillars; petals can be eaten by earwigs
Clematis wilt and Clematis slime flux may be a problem
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clematis 'Étoile Violette'
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