Clematis Prince Charles “Viticella”, commonly known as Clematis, is an unscented, climbing, deciduous & perennial plant which belongs to the buttercup family “Ranunculaceae”, along with other 2,000 species of flowering plants. It additionally belongs to the Clematis genus.
Clematis Prince Charles General appearance
The following plant has dark green foliage, and is covered with gorgeous star-shaped flowers of 3.5 in. (10 cm). These orchid blooms have a lilac-blue colour with a slight pink hint near the centre. As they mature, the pink tint disappears and their colour gets darker.
The average height of the plant reaches up to 2.5 meters in height, and 1.5 meters in width. It is a small to medium-sized climber: the average height of the plant reaches up to 2.5 meters while spreading up to 1.5 meters in width. Conceptually, Clematis can quickly grow up to 6-8 feet (180-240 centimeters) long and across.
Place, time and needs
Clematis Prince Charles belongs to the third group of its genus, which blooms from early summer to early autumn. It grows during May and June as the flowers bloom during July, August and, possibly, September.
Preferring rich soil, this plant can be trained to climb fences, walls or arbor. Additionally, it can be grown in containers of 18 in (45 cm) deep and wide, the least. Another lovely choice is to be grown in the middle or back of a border, climbing up an obelisk.
The roots of this plant must be in the shade while its blooms should be under the sun. In this perspective, you can cover the roots with other plants or add a layer of flat stones on the base.
Pruning is pretty simple: Cut the stems back to the lowest pair of buds. It should be done in February or March.
Clematis can be grown in clay, loam, chalk or sand. For better results, grow it in moist but well-drained soil.
Clematis Viticella “Prince Charles” Watering
When they are young plants they need water on a regular basis. With this way the plan when it is baby gets some cooling shade. You also can add some stones near clematis base to shade the soil. On the other hand Clematis Viticella “Prince Charles”, vine requires about 1 inch of water weekly from rain or irrigation but these needs can be adjusted depending on temperature and soil quality.
When to prune
Early in spring the main pruning of Clematis should be performed. It is a vital factor of successful culture of these beautiful plants. If we prune them later in autumn they wouldn’t flower at all.
There are some things you need to know to protect your Clematis.
Firstly, Young shoots are at risk of aphids and caterpillars, while flower petals can be eaten by earwigs. Moreover, your plant might suffer from Clematis slime flux and clematis wilt. Finally, clematis can be toxic to cats, dogs and horses. Nevertheless, it’s totally safe for people, birds and livestock.
This significantly fascinating and prestigious plant, has won the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society due to its qualities. In terms of its relationship with wildlife, it has no particular value to it in the United Kingdom. Clematis Prince Charles goes really well with plants of the “Alcea Rosea” family (such as ‘Halo Lavender’, ‘Blacknight’ and ‘Creme De Cassis’). If you like this plant, you perhaps also like the following blooms:
- Clematis ‘Hanna’
- Clematis ‘Gipsy Queen’
- Clematis ‘Florida’
- Clematis ‘Mary Rose’
- Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’