About Clematis 'Gipsy Queen': Clematis 'Gipsy Queen'
is easy to grow and vigorous making this a great plant to add 'faded glamour' and old-fashioned romance to your garden. It flowers through midsummer to autumn with a series of velvety purple blooms, which get smaller and more profuse as the season progresses.
These exquisite blooms will hold their colour best in dappled shade - while they will fade in full sun. Because the flowers succeed each other over the summer, you can thus have a mix of shades from white to deepest purple on one plant.
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Great for your garden: 'Gipsy Queen'
will be happiest in alkaline or neutral soil and will do well in full sun or partial shade in any aspect. It is vigorous and hardy and does very well in its natural habit growing through hedges or trees.
This clematis would look fabulous up a house wall, along a trellis, or grown over a garden gateway, post or arch. It's big enough to climb trees too but isn't so happy in containers. It makes an ideal companion for a climbing rose
, which will create interesting colour combinations.
'Gipsy Queen' flowers more profusely as the season progresses. Flowering is followed up with attractive silvery seed heads.
'Gipsy Queen' characteristics. Flower colour: Deep violet with red/purple anthers Flower shape: Star-shaped, single flowers Fragrance: Unscented Approximate flowering season: June - September Final height and spread: 4m x 1m Pruning group: 3 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.
'Gipsy Queen' is one of the most famous clematis raised by nurseryman Thomas Cripps of Kent in 1877. It is often mistakenly named 'Gypsy Queen'.
It is a hybrid derived from the species Clematis patens, first collected in Japan by the German Dr Siebold, in the mid-nineteenth century. He was one of the first Westerners to visit the country which opened its borders to the outside world in 1853 after two centuries of isolation.
Clematis are members of the Buttercup family Ranunculaceae - both clematis and buttercups are poisonous. Images supplied by Clematis on the Web.