Clematis alpina 'Frances Rivis'
Size: 1-3m (3-9ft)
Cultivation: Moist, well-drained soil in sun-part shade. As is the case with most Clematis, the roots should be kept cool and protected. Pruning Group 1- no regular pruning required, but if necessary prune directly after flowering. HARDY (USDA 6b/7a)
Observations: This early light blue-purple flowering Clematis produces wonderful bell-shaped, nodding flowers. Here it hangs effortlessly from supporting branches of Euonymus europaeus near the kitchen drive, and looks stellar against the bright yellow flower heads of Euphorbia robbiae. It also has an Award of Garden Merit (AGM).