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Clematis 'The President'

Plant Type: Clematis

A large-flowered variety. Flowers measure 6-8" in diameter. Deep violet-blue flowers with prominent dark reddish-purple anthers bloom from May-June and again from September-October. Attractive seed heads in fall. A popular variety and strong grower.

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

Violet blue with reddish-purple anthers

Foliage Color

Green

Plant Spread

Good Companions

Aster-New York (Aster dumosus), Bee Balm (Monarda ), Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), Iris-Tall Bearded (Iris ), Phlox-Tall Garden (Phlox paniculata), Rose Mallow (Hibiscus ), Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum superbum), Speedwell-Creeping (Veronica prostrata)

Plant Height

8-12 ft.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone

4-8

Soil Moisture

Average water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Attributes

Climbing, Cut flower, Specimen, Container, Border

Bloom Time

May-June/September-October

Critter Resistance

Deer and rabbit resistant

Exposure

Full sun to part shade

Growth Rate

Medium

Seasonal Interests