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Clematis 'Earnest Markham'

Plant Type: Clematis

A large flowered variety, blooms measure 4-6" in diameter. Magenta-red petals with a velvety sheen and golden anthers. Blooms sparsely from June to July, followed by masses of flowers in August through October. A vigorous grower, one of the easiest to grow Clematis. Good for growing over wall, arbors, and trellises; can also be grown up into small trees or over large shrubs.

The time to prune this group is in late winter or early spring. Dead and weak shoots should be removed and the remaining shoots cut back to 6-9 inches above a couple of well-developed buds.

Growing & Maintenance Tips:


Clematis can be grown in full sun or light shade, but its base and roots must be completely shaded. You may need to plant a small shrub or large perennial directly in front of its rootball to keep it cool and shaded. A thick layer of mulch will also help to keep the soil moist. The time to prune this group is in late winter or early spring. Dead and weak shoots should be removed and the remaining shoots cut back to 6-9 inches above a couple of well-developed buds.

Flower Color

Magenta red and gold anthers

Foliage Color

Green

Plant Spread

Good Companions

Aster-New England (Aster novae-angliae), Bee Balm (Monarda ), Coreopsis-Threadleaf (Coreopsis verticillata), Phlox-Tall Garden (Phlox paniculata), Rose Mallow (Hibiscus ), Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum superbum), Speedwell-Spike (Veronica spicata), Stokes' Aster (Stokesia laevis)

Plant Height

8-16 ft.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone

4-8

Soil Moisture

Average water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Attributes

Climbing, Cut flower or foliage, Specimen, Container, Border

Bloom Time

June to July/August to October

Critter Resistance

Deer and rabbit resistant

Exposure

Full sun or part shade

Growth Rate

Medium

Seasonal Interests