Gardening Questions And Answers
Despite serious safety concerns, clematis is used for joint pain (rheumatism), headaches, varicose veins, syphilis, gout, bone disorders, ongoing skin conditions, and fluid retention. Some people apply clematis directly to the skin for blisters and in a wet dressing (as a poultice) to treat infected wounds and ulcers.
Clematis – Herbaceous Group They bloom profusely over a long season, from early summer to early fall, with the bonus of attractive foliage. If deadheaded after their first flush of blooms, they will bloom again within 30-45 days. Depending on your geographic area, you may enjoy 2 or 3 waves of colorful blooms.
Many clematis varieties grow to a medium height of 6 to 12 feet at maturity, making them useful for trellises or fences, or as a decorative plant by a mailbox or porch post. The cultivar “Edouard Desfosse” (C. “Edouard Desfosse”) is an example of this type, reaching a height of between 6 and 8 feet.
Clematis seeds need to go through a stratification, or cold, period before germinating. Clematis seeds often take six months to a year to germinate, but some can take up to three years. If you harvest seeds from a hybrid, the plant that grows from the seed will most likely differ from the parent plant.
In many ways Clematis are easy to grow because they are a vigorous climber, and most are fully hardy ,tolerant of many soil types and conditions. All Clematis in groups 2 & 3, to maintain shape and flowers, need pruning every year. This makes Clematis an “amber wheel barrow plant” showing medium difficulty to grow.
What has caused the holes in the leaves of my clematis? A number of insect pests will feed on clematis leaves and damage them, including earwigs and the caterpillars of various moths. If the young leaves appear distorted or torn and are full of small, brown-edged holes then the likely culprits may be capsid bugs.
Clematis Josephine is extremely popular and ideal for container culture. Its pom-pom flowers are a deep mauve -pink and will last up to four weeks; it flowers from late spring until early autumn and will grace any patio or deck garden. Clematis Arctic Queen, is certainly the best double clematis in cultivation.