I have an unknown variety of clematis which after about 5 years is 15 ft tall and starting to cover the house wall growing along an electric cable. I am going to put up wires so it can cover the house wall but would like another clematis to grow on the other side of the same, south facing house wall. I fancied tangutica but it may be a bit too vigorous and I don't want to be on ladders every fortnight cutting it back.

Can anyone identify the one I've got? It has bell flowers about 3 cm long and has a rather undistinguished pale dirty green colur but the inside is speckled purple more like a snakeshead fritillary


  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    Hi is this the one you have?


  • Hey thanks very much, that does look like it, do you know the variety? I've had wrens and robins nesting in it the last 2 years: it's dense and sufficiently high to be safe from predators  

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,618

    Looks like a cirrhosa to me.  They flower in winter or very early spring, before the montanas and alpinas and macropetalas and are usually vergreen except in extreme winters.

    To find a clematis that is suitable for the size of wall you have available, the flowering time desired and the colour, have a look at this site - which allows you to enter those criteria and several others to help with selecting a good variety.   Then go to your local garden centre or nusery to see what varieties they have or contact a reputable clematis grower such as Taylor's - - who have a wide selection, a very good reputation and deliver nation wide.



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  • are these suitable for container growing?


  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    Taylors will be able to help you there too.

  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    Thanks WB yes chirrosa. Is this one in a container? You can grow most in a pot...wouldn't try Montana mind... Just make sure it is deep enough. Clematis like a long root run rather than width. I would go for a clematis that repeat flowers. Check out some of these image

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