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Clematis Vyvyan Pennell

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The early blooms produced from the older wood are double, with single blooms produced on new wood later in the season. The double blooms open a deep rosy-lavender which matures to a deep lilac-mauve. They have an outer layer of six to eight broad tepals with pronounced reddish-purple tips and undulating margins. The many inner layers of shorter pointed tepals have very wavy, almost twisted margins that show their deep mauve-pink reverse. The later single blooms are lilac-mauve and the stamens have white filaments and yellow anthers.

Vyvyan Pennell is suitable for growing in containers or planting in the garden.


Height: 2.5 to 3.0m
Group: Early, large-flowered Clematis
Pruning Group: PG. 2
Flower Colour: Mauve
Flower Size: 8.0 to 10.0cm
Flowering Period: Late spring to early summer & again late summer to early autumn
Aspect: Full sun to partial shade
History Raised by Walter Pennell of Lincoln in UK in 1959 and named after his wife


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.