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Purple Clematis

Scientific name

Clematis occidentalis


Purple Clematis is a perennial woody vine species that can climb about 6 m in height if supported. This plant may also be known by the common name Western Blue Virginbower. The leaves are green, heart shaped, compound with three leaflets, have sharp pointed tips, and entire margins. The flowers are bluish violet to pinkish purple coloured, hairy, drooping, have four petal like sepals, and bloom between May and June. The flowers are beneficial bees and butterflies. This vine species lacks tendrils and twines around other vegetation or structures for support. Without a structure, this vine will creep along the ground and can act as a ground cover.

Planting conditions

Purple Clematis grows best in moist conditions with shade or partial sun exposure. It prefers rich, well-drained, loam or humus soil types. It is tolerant of shade, which can be beneficial to keep the roots cool on hot summer days. This vine can be naturally found in rocky forests, forest edges, and along stream or lake shoreline thickets.


  • Plant height:
    • Any
    • Over 3m
  • Moisture level:
    • Normal
    • Moist
  • Light conditions:
    • Partial sun
    • Shade
  • Soil type:
    • Loamy
    • Clay
    • Humus
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
  • Eco Zone:
    • 2b
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
  • Plant type:
    • Vine
  • Height:
    • 6 m
  • Spread:
    • 1 m