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Clematis Kiri te Kanawa

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Pretty, lavender-purple, rosette-like, double blooms with many layers of broad, ruffle edged tepals tapering to rounded tips will grace this beauty over two waves from spring to autumn. It produces the double blooms on both the old and new wood. The stamens have white filaments and cream anthers.

Kiri te Kanawa is suitable for growing in containers or planting in the garden.


Height: 2.0 to 2.6m
Group: Early, large-flowered Clematis
Pruning Group: PG. 2
Flower Colour: Lavender-blue
Flower Size: 10.0 to 12.5cm
Flowering Period: Late spring to early summer & again late summer to early autumn
Aspect: Full sun to partial shade
History Raised by Barry Fretwell of Devon in the UK and released in 1986 it was named after the opera singer from New Zealand.


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.