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Clematis Niobe

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Named after the legendary tragic figure in Greek mythology. The gorgeous, 10.0 to 12.5cm, deep wine-red, star-shaped flowers are almost black when they first open. The six broad tepals taper to pointed tips via lightly crimped and gently undulating margins. The stamens are a wonderful contrast against the dark tepals, having white filaments with shadings of reddish-purple and yellow anthers. Hard pruning will keep the plant compact but will delay flowering by a few weeks.

Niobe grows is suitable for growing in containers or planting in the garden.

Awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's 'Award of Garden Merit' in 1993

PLANT DETAILS

Height: 2.5 to 3.0m
Group: Early, large-flowered Clematis
Pruning Group: PG. 2
Flower Colour: Deep-red
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 Wladyslaw Noll of Poland around 1970 and introduced into Britain in 1975

PRUNING GROUP 2

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.