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Clematis alpina Frances Rivis


Alpine Clematis

Good for a difficult cold or exposed site

A hardy, quick growing clematis which is ideal for cold and exposed sites. Beautifully tapered, clear violet-blue flowers with prominent creamy-white centres will brighten your garden from mid-spring and into summer. The flowers are followed by whiskery seed heads. Good in containers, with a support or against a wall or trellis.


Happiest in full sun or part shade and can stand up to cold winds. Best in a moist well-drained soil.


Add goodness to the soil by digging in planting compost. Clematis like their roots kept cool so if they are not in the shade, cover the soil with slate or stone chippings. Use a good quality compost for container growing. This clematis is in pruning group 1. Prune lightly after flowering aiming to simply remove dead flower heads.

Raised in 1900 by the Suffolk gardener, Francis Rivis. Pruning group 1.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Clematis, Climber
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering March - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 210 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 125 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 230 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot at least 15cm away from the wall, fence or support. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant – along with its supporting cane in the hole, leaning onto the support. The top of the rootball needs to be 8cm below the level of the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Arrange and tie the stems onto the support. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Mulch with bark chippings or stones to keep the roots cool.

Planting site Rock garden, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From March to September