The variegated green-and-white foliage, topped with dark pink-red flowers, makes this vine distinct and charmingly different! The 7.5 cm blossoms have an unusual shape, with four tepals, cream-hued stamens and reddish tipped anthers. Colors fade beguilingly as the flower matures. Of course being a viticella this can take the sun and heat.
Color: red and variegated green/white foliage
Blooming Season: summer and fall
Mature Size: H 3 m
Care: Plant in sun to partial shade in fertile, well-drained alkaline soil. Dig a hole 12 cm deeper than the root ball, then plant with enriched soil, ensuring the top of the root ball is slightly higher than ground level. Back fill with enriched soil.
Regular deep watering is important to ensure the root ball does not dry out. Fertilize consistently with a well balanced general fertilizer beginning in April at start of growth. To keep roots cool, use mulch to reduce the soil temperature. A once-a-year application of lime will do the trick. Prune group 3. This clematis has repeat blooming, so prune old flowers after finished. Light pruning to strong buds in April is recommended to promote branching. Support with a trellis or archway.
Roseville Farms, Florida