Caerulea Solitary Clematis
Clematis integrifolia 'Caerulea'
Caerulea Solitary Clematis flowers
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Height: 24 inches
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Blue Bell Clematis
A shrubby, mounded perennial clematis; dainty, nodding, small, recurved flowers are blue with dark-purple markings, contrasted with cream colored stamens; plant in full sun and keep the roots cool for best results, prune to shape only
Caerulea Solitary Clematis is covered in stunning nodding blue recurved flowers with deep purple overtones and creamy white anthers at the ends of the stems from early summer to early fall. Its pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Caerulea Solitary Clematis is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees and hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Caerulea Solitary Clematis is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Caerulea Solitary Clematis will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Caerulea Solitary Clematis is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.