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Odorata Clematis
Masses of Fragrant Pink Blooms in Late Spring and Early Summer!

Odorata Clematis

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Vanilla-scented blooms in full sun to partial shade.

This Chinese species is a Clematis like no other, with a huge habit, free-flowering nature, and great fragrance!

The best Clematis for fragrance-lovers! The rich vanilla scent of these blooms will make you hungry, and the sight of this massive vine in full bloom is almost an embarrassment of riches! Masses of 2-inch rosy-pink blooms appear in late spring and early summer, each forming a neat "X" shape around a small yellow eye. At the height of the season, the flowers are layered many deep, richly scenting the garden and dazzling the eye.

Introduced in England more than 100 years ago, this Chinese species is the recipient of numerous awards and countless devoted followers. It is not a Clematis for the faint-hearted; the ultra-vigorous climber grows 20 to 30 feet long, and needs very sturdy support, such as a large tree, wall, fence, or building.

The show begins in spring, when the new foliage emerges tinged with bronze, keeping its hues until the warm weather sets in. Among the first Clematis to bloom each year, it thrives in full sun but can also flourish in partial shade. Robust and adaptable, this is a legacy planting that can define the entire garden when used in a prominent position. And the vanilla-like scent is absolutely unforgettable!

Clematis is easy to grow in a rich, porous, alkaline soil with plenty of room for the roots to spread. C. montana var. rubens requires good soil drainage and appreciates protection from pockets of frost. Like most Clematis, its best performance is when the tops are in full sunlight and the roots are shaded, so apply a generous mulch or a shallow-rooted groundcover near the base of the vine. Pruning Group I. Zones 6-9.

Genus Clematis
Species montana var. rubens
Variety 'Odorata'
ItemForm 2-Quart
Zone 6 - 9
BloomStartToEnd Late Spring - Early Summer
ClematisPruning Group 1
Habit Vining
PlantHeight 30 ft
PlantWidth 10 ft
BloomSize 2 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Award Winner, Butterfly Lovers, Flower, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Heirloom, Pruning Recommended
BloomColor Light Pink
FoliageColor Bronze, Dark Green
LightRequirements Full Sun, Part Shade
MoistureRequirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Heat Tolerant
SoilTolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Outdoor, Vines and Climbers
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Awaiting dynamic growth 2013
Stan Clare retired freelance -UK& Netherlands -commercial garde from wrote (August 01, 2012):
I've been growing Clematis for three years, three have run crazy with our NW UK weather this year. A group one facing west, though generally good, this year flowered well, and is now touching the roof eaves. Next ,at the rear of the property facing east, is currently a mass of blooms, in flower 6 weeks. Whilst at the top of the garden facing south is one extending some 15 ft along the fence ,- Good flowering now . First season here. Clematis Montana Odorata is situated some 20 feet to the left of the previous plant. It has only been in the garden about ten weeks. When bought, it was 3 feet high a decent specimen. It has taken up its new home OK. This variety should flower Late Spring/early Summer. Hence I did not expect any flowers this year. However unlike the majority of plants on offer at garden centres , THERE HAS BEEN NO SIGN OF ANY FADED FLOWERS . It certainly looks healthy and bushy . The ground preparation & planting I use is standard throughout . Feed, depth, sites fo

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