Clematis napaulensis

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2 lt pot (60cm cane) £24.99 £19.99
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Buy Clematis napaulensis clematis (group 1): Winter flowers for the connoisseur

This climber is semi-evergreen, and (unlike most plants) it is dormant in summer. Therefore it can lose some or all of its leaves in the warmer months, but then fresh new foliage appears again in autumn.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: November to March
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)

    A very rare and unusual form of clematis that originates from Nepal and parts of southern China. It is a remarkable plant, that loses all its foliage in late spring or early summer and remains dormant throughout the hottest months of the year. In late autumn it will put on lots of lush new foliage, followed by large clusters of flowers in early winter. The flowers themselves are quite unique, they are pendulous and scented and look like greeny-yellow bells that are filled with attractive red-purple stamens. After they fade large, fluffy seed heads develop, which can last for several months. Ideal for a sheltered courtyard garden or cool conservatory, where it is invaluable for creating interest during the darkest months of the year.
  • Garden care: No routine pruning is necessary. If the spread of the plant needs to be restricted prune immediately after flowering, cutting back overlong shoots to healthy buds. Apply a mulch of well-rotted garden compost around the base of the plant in early autumn.
    • Humans: Skin irritant; Pets: Harmful if eaten

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    Notes on Clematis napaulensis

    "This clematis is one my fondest plants; as it comes into its own unique flowering glory with the onset of winter; plant it through a large deciduous shrub that is well past its flowering best for support"

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    We always check the Crocus database for any plant we want




    They haven't flowered since we bought them 2 years ago.


    We bought two of these clematis plants 2-3 years ago, both plants arrived dead, Crocus very kindly replaced them. The two we've had since have thrived but we've never had a flower, we provide them with potash as directed in the late summer early autumn but still nothing. I doubt they are suitable for the climate in North Yorkshire.




    Very happy with purchase, well packaged and as great service


    Packaging secure and plant arrived healthy. Very pleased.




    Winter showstopper!


    We heard about this wonderful winter clematis at a talk and couldn't wait to get it, it just settled the first winter but this year when all the leaves dropped off late summer we wondered what was happening. Checking it out we realised it was now dormant and didn't need water. We gave it manure in late October and waited. We now have a very healthy leafy clematis going along a large timber building in the garden at roof height bearing many buds. Can't wait to see it flower!!





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    Can clematis napalulensis be grown in a pot and if so how large a pot, please? What sort of growing material/compost should I use? Thank you.


    Yes, this plant can be grown in a pot filled with John Innes No. 2 or No. 3 compost - and the pot should be as large as possible.


    Hello, I see you wouldn't recommend for growing through a Honeysuckle. How about Wisteria? Thanks.


    Hello, I would not recommend planting this with anything too either gets too large as it is more likely to get swamped - or anything that needs pruning, as this will not be easy if they get intertwined.


    Hi, I am interested in planting a clematis napaulensis through a honeysuckle on a south facing vertical slatted fence, but I live up high in the Falkirk district in Stirlingshire. The position is slightly sheltered but will it survive the winter winds which are strong and the climate in general.


    Hello there This unusual clematis is only frost hardy, so it would need winter protection against the cold, frosts and winds, but also I wouldn't recommend planting this grow up and into a honeysuckle,-a honeysuckle is too vigorous, and will strangle it. Hope this helps.

    Hi I'd like to know if you think the Clematis napaulensis or the x aromatica would do well in a container on a west faing wall? Also, I'm thinking of the Clemats Lansdowne Gem for a container on a south facing wall. If you think these are good ideas, is it too late to plant them this year? Thanks


    Hello, The C. napaulensis and C. x aromatica will both be fine in large pots provided they are kept well fed and watered. It is worth keeping in mind however that as the C. napaulensis looks pretty bare in spring and summer, it may not be the best choice. If you want something that provides interest in winterm then I would opt for either Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens Freckles or Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica both of which are smaller and better suited to a pot than Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens Lansdowne Gem


    Winter flowering shrubs and climbers to plant with new hedge Hello, I have newly planted a hedge (made up from Hornbeam, Rosa rugosa, Blackthorn, Cornus, Hawthorn and Hazel) about 50ft long. I have been told that if I was to plant amongst the hedge some winter flowering Clematis such as 'Wisley Cream' it would give some nice colour these bleak winter months when the hedge is bare of foliage. The hedge is south facing and although the ground is ???good??? heavy Cambridgeshire clay the hedge has been planted in a trench back filled with leaf mulch, chipped wood and spent peat. Although I have said about in-planting Clematis in the hedge, I am open to other plant suggestions if you have any. Regards Terry

    Terry Allum

    Hello Terry, If you click on the following link it will take you to all our winter flowering climbers - of which the Jasminum is tougher and more like a shrub. Alternatively, this link will take you to all our winter flowering shrubs. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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