Clematis montana var. rubens

Clematis Montana Rubens
Clematis Montana rubens flowers

Common Name: Clematis montana rubens
Genus: Clematis
Species: montana
Cultivar: var. rubens
Family: Ranunculaceae
Foliage: Flowers:

Flowering Period: May, June

Description

One of the most floriferous and rapid growing clematis varieties.

Rubens is a pinkish form of the usual white Clematis montana. All forms are vigorous rambling climbers, with twining stems that produce a mass of scented flowers in May and June. May also produce a second smaller flush of blooms in late summer.

Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Characteristics

  • Habit: tall spreading climber with long twining stems.
  • Leaves: deciduous, mid-green with bronze tints.
  • Flowers: rose-pink buds opening to 2.25 inches (6 cm), pale pink/white star shaped flowers, with four open petals and a central cluster of yellow stamens.
  • Eventual Height: 26ft (8m)
  • Spread: 7ft (2.5m)
  • Aspect: full sun or partial shade. Sheltered or exposed sites.
  • Hardiness in UK: hardy (h4)
  • Soil Requirements: any good, moist but free draining garden soil (sandy, loam, chalk or clay).
    Alkaline or neutral pH

Planting Clematis Montana Rubens

Soak the root ball well before planting. Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Back-fill with a planting mixture of equal parts soil and soil improver/compost. Water thoroughly. Provide initial climbing supports (such as canes, mesh or wire) until the plant is well established.

Best planted with the roots in the shade and the stems in the sun.

Planting Context

Ideal for rambling over walls and fences or up through large trees and conifers. Also makes an effective cover for old buildings and sheds.

Aftercare

Water thoroughly during dry weather until well established. Mulch with organic matter in spring and add a general fertilizer such as bonemeal.

Pruning Clematis Montana Rubens

Clematis group 1. Can be pruned lightly just after the main flowering period has finished (June/July). Prune back harder if untidy or to remove excessive growth.

Propagating Clematis Montana Rubens

Layer or take semi-hardwood cuttings in February to March.