Clematis Rouge Cardinal is a vigorous variety of clematis producing a stunning show of deep crimson, almost purple flowers (hence the name) with deep cut midribs and pale cream anthers. They are quite a size too, the first flush reaching around 15cm in diameter. These are produced in profusion through summer and into autumn and are followed by lovely spindly seedheads.
'Rouge Cardinal' is quite a late flowering Clematis - so if you'd like to find something to compliment it with an earlier show of blooms why not look through our full range here.
'Rouge Cardinal' is a nice strong growing vigorous variety. This makes it perfect for covering large frames such as trellises, pergolas and archways. It looks really nice when grown through other climbers, especially roses although it looks great growing through a larger shrub (as a suggestion try it in Philadelphus Belle Etoile or Virginal).
Being a strong grower that likes partial shade it's a great choice for growing through a host tree. You can also let it ramble through a large shrub in the border.
'Rouge Cardinal' was bred in 1968 by Alexandre Girault of France, who is a lot better known for his contributions to rose breeding.