Clematis (Clematis viticella 'Polish Spirit') in the Clematis Database

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Data specific to Clematis (Edit)
Raised by: Brother Stefan Franczak
Country of Origin: Poland
Growing Zones: USDA Zone 4
USDA Zone 5
USDA Zone 6
USDA Zone 7
USDA Zone 8
USDA Zone 9
Plant Group: Viticella
Typical Plant Size: Typically 8 to 10 feet
Pruning Group: Group 3 - Hard pruning recommended in early spring
Bloom Diameter: Small - 2 to 4 inches
Bloom Color (Tepals): Other: violet blue
Center Color (Anthers): Purple anthers
Bloom Shape: Single
Preferred Light: Tolerates partial shade
Prefers full sun
Suitability as Cut Flower: Good cut flower (strong stem, average vase life)
Moisture Requirements: Average moisture requirements
Disease Resistance: Very disease resistant
Additional Information: Free-flowering (very floriferous)
Recommendations: Good choice for beginners (easy to grow)
Good choice for hot climates
Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 8-10 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2002 Great Plant Picks Award Winner


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Posted by goldfinch4 (Ripon, Wisconsin) on Dec 23, 2011 8:00 AM

One of the easiest clematises to grow, it's very vigorous, disease resistant, and blooms for a long time. Brother Stefan gave this seedling to Evison, who introduced it in 1990, naming it for the indomitable spirit he had observed in the Polish people living under the Soviet Union's control.

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Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Nov 9, 2015 7:03 PM

This is such an amazing clematis. It has been blooming all summer, nonstop, even in the tough drought conditions we had this summer. It's still blooming November 9th and even has some new buds. It will be interesting to see the date of the last bloom for this year.
It was given very little water through the months of July, August, and September, when we had no rain. The roots were shaded and seem to hold enough moisture to keep the vine happy.

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