Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 60 days
Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep, tamp the soil, lightly mulch the seed bed.
Clematis viticella, also known as Italian Clematis or Italian Leather Flower, is a stunning species of flowering plant in the buttercup family, native to Europe. This climber was the first clematis to be imported into English gardens and has since become a beloved addition to gardens worldwide. It was grown in the gardens of Queen Elizabeth I in 1569 and was named "Virgin's Bower" by 1597. The plant has distinctive blue or red flowers that are 1.5-4 cm in length and are adorned with four sepals. The plant can grow up to 2-4(-6) m and is a perfect addition to any garden, including roadsides, thickets, and other secondary habitats. Clematis viticella blooms during the summer and fall and is perfect for attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. Add this beautiful climber to your garden today and enjoy its stunning flowers for years to come!