Armandii Clematis

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Clematis Armandii

Clematis Armandii will enhance your garden in spring with an abundance of fragrant creamy-white nodding flowers over your wall, trellis, hedges or even the ground. One of the most popular Clematis of all, this strong climber is easy to grow and will be happy in any aspect although shelter will encourage more blossoms.

It doesn't need pruning, although some trimming will encourage strong new growth. If you need a smaller clematis, or one for more exposed sites, take a look at other varieties in our Clematis collection.

Great for your garden:

Clematis Armandii will be happiest in alkaline or neutral soil Flowers most profusely in sheltered spots. It does very well trained horizontally, along eaves for example, and is very vigorous, growing up through large trees. It can also look great over a post or trellis, wall or arch. Catch the fragrance as you pass by.

When young, it grows thick, bronze foliage. It doesn't need pruning but you can cut it back low to encourage new flowers at lower levels or just to keep it in shape

Clematis Armandii characteristics.

  • Open creamy white flowers with a classic look
  • Scented
  • Evergreen foliage
  • Flowers March-May
  • Young leaves are bronze
  • Lovely silvery seed heads
  • Height up to 9m
  • Spread up to 3m
  • Avoid windy, exposed areas
  • Pruning Group 1
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit

Look out for:

Clematis slime flux. Its an uncommon bacterial infection but can be fatal. It happens when the plant has an injury and bacteria infect the wound. Signs include wilting and yellowing of the leaves, as well as the unpleasant slime in the stems where the plant is affected.

Earwigs, aphids, and fungal infections can also affect Clematis

Note: This Clematis is toxic to dogs and other animals if eaten


Introduced from China by Ernest Wilson in 1900 and named for Pere Armand David, a French missionary. Pere David was the first Westerner to see a panda. He also introduced numerous animal and plant species to Europe, including new gentians, and gerbils.

Wilson himself was also a formidable collector, bringing around 2000 species back to the UK. Clematis Armandii was a discovery of his first expedition to China.

Images supplied by Clematis on the Web.


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