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Clematis 'General Sikorski'

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Kemper Code:  J810

Common Name: clematis
Zone: 4 to 9
Plant Type: Vine
Family: Ranunculaceae
Missouri Native: No
Native Range: None
Height: 8 to 12 feet
Spread: 3 to 10 feet
Bloom Time: June - September   Bloom Data
Bloom Color: Dark lavender
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low

Plant Culture and Characteristics

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  Uses:       Wildlife:   Flowers:   Leaves:   Fruit:
Hedge Suitable as annual Attracts birds Has showy flowers Leaves colorful Has showy fruit
Shade tree Culinary herb Attracts Has fragrant flowers Leaves fragrant Fruit edible
Street tree Vegetable   hummingbirds Flowers not showy Good fall color   Other:
Flowering tree Water garden plant Attracts Good cut flower Evergreen Winter interest
Gr. cover (<1') Will naturalize   butterflies Good dried flower     Thorns or spines

General Culture:

Easily grown in fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Most clematis prefer full sun, but this cultivar tolerates part shade. Roots should be kept cool (shade with annuals or perennials and/or use a 2" thick mulch) and uniformly moist. No pruning is required, however a light pruning in early spring before new growth appears is advisable.

Noteworthy Characteristics:

Profuse, 6-8" across, dark lavender flowers with a tinge of red on the center of each sepal and creamy stamens cover this vine in early summer. Bloom on this cultivar comes primarily from the previous year's stems in early summer, but also in a second flush later in the summer on the new (current year's) growth. Flowers are followed by fluffy seed clusters. Flowers may be cut and floated in bowls.


No serious problems. Some susceptibility to wilt. Important to supply adequate nutrients and water to support new growth. This vine needs a support structure (natural or manufactured) on which to grow.


This clematis can be trained to climb a wall, trellis, fence, arbor, porch or lamppost. May also be planted to sprawl over and through large shrubs. Provides excellent, long-lasting, deep lavender, summer color.

Missouri Botanical Garden, 2001-2011

More photos:
Photo: Walters Gardens, Inc.
High resolution image available.