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Clematis Josephine™

Clematis Josephine™

Also a spectacular cut flower!

Item # 36661

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Plant Patent #12,912.

This unique Clematis is a study in fascinating color and form! Huge, 4 ½- to 5-inch lilac-pink flowers open gradually from striking bronze petals brushed with green, creating a three-tiered effect. Then, as the outer petals drop, the flower changes shape, acquiring a pompon look. This floriferous beauty is also a strong, healthy grower boasting an all-summer bloom time.

Josephine™ is a 1998 introduction from renowned Clematarian Raymond Evison and is ideal for a small garden or container, and is a spectacular cut flower. To achieve best flowers and color, plant in full sun. If you prefer greener flowers, allow some shade. Pruning group II - pruning should be done in March as you cut back the vine 6 or 8 inches to a pair of strong buds.

And don't forget! Clematis (some species more than others) are often slow to break dormancy each spring. Be patient and don't exhume your plant before it decides to wake from its winter sleep. Zones 4-9. W:3-6 feet H:8-9 feet.

Review Summary
(Based on 3 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0


Newly planted
Marge from SC wrote on March 28, 2020:

Healthy and growing fast.

People thought the flowers were fake
Gina from MA wrote on May 01, 2016:

I planted this clematis in 2012. The first year the flowers weren't so great, but it has improved immeasurably since then. Last year I had a party and people thought the flowers were fake because they were so beautiful.

Large beautiful blooms
from SD wrote on April 09, 2016:

Bought it for size and name. My mom's name is Josephine; when she comes over she loves to see it in bloom it is also one of my daughter's favorites 3 years in my SD garden and doing well.

The Big-Flowered Summer Bloomers

Masses of frilly star-shaped blooms; big white snowflakes that blanket the garden twice a season; true-blue color for 4 solid months. The big-flowered, double, and otherwise showy Clematis varieties are among the very best for the garden, and you can master the annual pruning technique in about 3 minutes. First, make sure you've already done the special first- and second-year pruning. Then just maintain your Clematis's beauty as follows:

Group 2 Clematis blooms on "old wood," which simply means stems that grew last season or earlier. (This season's new stems — the ones that grow from spring till the summer bloom season begins — won't flower until next year.) Therefore, you don't want to prune too radically. The rule of thumb is that in late winter or earliest spring, cut back each stem about 6 to 8 inches, to right above the point where it branches. At this branching point, you should see a pair of little bumps. These are buds, and you want to keep them. Find all the branching stems on the Clematis and trim to just above those buds. (You may have read in gardening manuals: "Trim to a pair of strong buds." That's what this process is — the two buds right above the place where each stem branches are the "pair of strong buds" you're looking for! They're easy to see on the slender Clematis stems.)

Once you know your Clematis's pruning number and get that first-year trim out of the way, keeping this woody climber looking its best and blooming like crazy is simple! A few minutes once a year will yield you armloads of flowers for many seasons, and you will continue to find new uses for Clematis, from hiding an unsightly fence to decorating your most formal garden art!

Shop Clematis Time to Prune? Group 1 Group 3