Clematis 'Wildfire'
  Common Name: Clematis
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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

This stunning early large-flowered Clematis produces huge 6-8”, saturated violet purple flowers with a reddish purple bar.  The newest flowers are more of a magenta pink color and they deepen to violet purple as they mature.  A small tuft of purple anthers and white filaments appear in the center of each colorful blossom. 

This Polish selection is very long blooming, producing flowers from early summer through early fall. Use it to cover trellises, climb over shrubs or small trees, or to cover fences.

A member of:
Group 2—Early to midseason flowering cultivars and rebloomers
These varieties begin to bloom in early summer, with the first flush of flowers appearing on the previous year's growth. This is followed by a second flush flowers appearing on the new growth. These flowers will likely be smaller than the first ones and flowers that were double the first time may be single the second time.

The time to prune this group is in late winter or early spring. Dead and weak shoots should be removed and the remaining shoots cut back to 6-9 inches above a couple of well-developed buds.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  8-10 Feet
Flower Color:
  Purple-red shades
Foliage Color:
  Blue shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Midsummer
  Late summer
  Early fall
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Cottage
  Eclectic

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Size(s) Offered:

  Bare Root: #1 Grade (10ct)

Attributes:

Border plants
Climbing
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Specimen or focal point

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Clematis can be grown in full sun or light shade, but its base and roots must be completely shaded. You may need to plant a small shrub or large perennial directly in front of its rootball to keep it cool and shaded. A thick layer of mulch will also help to keep the soil moist. This vine prefers to be grown in moist, well-drained, slightly alkaline soil. Adding lime to the soil will help to provide these conditions.

When planting clematis, it is important to plant it 3" deeper than it was in the original pot. Bury the first set of entire leaves to encourage the production of strong shoots from below soil level and to discourage clematis wilt.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'
Common Name: Black-Eyed Susan
4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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Phlox paniculata 'Nicky'
Common Name: Phlox-Tall Garden
4,5,6,7,8
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Hibiscus 'Sultry Kiss' PP22300
Common Name: Rose Mallow
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue'
Common Name: Speedwell
4,5,6,7,8
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.