Blog post: East Coast Florida Gardener: Your beautiful purple clematis!

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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Sep 1, 2011 4:22 AM CST
Becky, I'm new to this website..while browsing, I see your picture of this beautiful purple clematis on a white picket fence. Stunning! Mind sharing the name of that clematis? Group? I had 3 clematis, one was Comtesse de Bouchard, which was my only Group #3. I cut it back myself in the Fall and come spring, its vine only grew about 8 inches, maybe it had that same amount of leaves but they looked like they had some type of fungus or wilt. Produced no more leaves than that and usually this clematis was always a heavy bloomer. My favorite and the only one I now have is Dr. Ruppel. The man that does the prunning of our shrubs and the clematis usually prunes the clematis in mid March and feeds them. I had another one called Westerplatte that looked very similar to Niorobe variety but it wasn't a prolific bloomer and I dug that one up myself a few months ago so am looking for a replacement and yours caught my eye.
Name: Becky
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Nov 6, 2011 6:51 PM CST
Thanks, Pippi!

The purple clematis in the photo is 'Venosa Violacea':
It is a prolific bloomer and will bloom twice every year. Once in spring and once in fall. I love it!

It has done very well for me the past few years since I first planted it. I have it in a container currently and it is not doing quite as well. I believe that is because it is in too much shade. In the spring, I will move it to a sunnier spot. I have had very good luck with several different clematis in my zone in Florida, much to my surprise and delight. I didn't know if they would do well here or not.

Thanks for asking!

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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
May 10, 2012 5:24 PM CST
That sounds like it needs to go on my wish list for's a group 3 too. those are the ones I love because the prunning procedure is easier.

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