Profile: Clematis napaulensis
Botanical Name: Clematis napaulensis
Around 4m by 4m
There aren't too many
ways to spice up your dreary winter garden, but this striking climber,
with its delicate flowers, is a sure fire way to add some beauty
to your garden.
With pendulous, creamy
blooms, and eye-catching purple stamens, this evergreen climber
is one of the few plants to bloom in winter. Blooming begins in
late autumn through to early to mid-winter.
Its flowers are clustered
in heavy groups and range in colour from a greenish white to cream
or pale yellow. Soon after flowering, loose, fluffy seed heads form
and are dispersed fairly quickly.
The clematis is native
to the northwest of India and southwest China.
grows best in moist, humus-enriched soil.
Whilst its flowers can
be damaged by frosts, the climber can grow in temperatures below
freezing. Clematis have been known to grow in temperatures
reaching -5C and lower.
However, for successful
winter blooming, the climber needs to receive a good amount of sun
during the summer months.
napaulensis is a low maintenance plant, requiring little extra
attention. It may need some watering during the summer months, and
older plants may require a little pruning to keep their shape.
The climber can be grown
from seeds or cuttings, although seeds are quite hard to get hold
of, and generally take quite some time to grow.
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