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Clematis Elsa Spath

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An old favourite raised in Germany by L. Spath in 1891, 'Elsa Spath' will be covered in masses of 15.0 to 17.0cm, single, deep violet-blue flowers from early to mid-summer with a second flush in early-autumn. The flowers open a deep violet-blue and mature to a mid-blue with a slightly paler bar. The six to eight, broadly overlapping tepals have slightly undulating margins tapering to pointed tips. The stamens have white filaments with wine-red anthers. 


Height: 2.0 to 2.6m
Group: Early, large-flowered Clematis
Pruning Group: PG. 2
Flower Colour: Violet-blue
Flower Size: 15.0 to 17.0cm
Flowering Period: Late spring to mid summer & again late summer to early autumn
Aspect: Full sun to partial shade
History Raised in Germany by L. Spath in 1891


Pruning will help keep your clematis vines healthy.  Pruning the dense tangle of stems opens the remaining shoots to air and light which encourages healthy growth and reduces the incidence of rot and disease.

Group 2 Clematis bloom in late spring on last years growth and again in summer on the new growth.  This group require a little more care when pruning as if you cut back too heavily after the first flush you will reduce the number of flowers on show in summer.

Prune back lightly to a set of strong buds in winter and remove any dead stems and trim to tidy the plant. After the first flush of flowers in spring, remove the spent flowers to encourage new growth and a stronger second flush in summer. Feed with a good quality liquid fertiliser after pruning to encourage growth.