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Elsa Spath Clematis

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Clematis - Elsa Spath
  • Blue-purple flowers
  • Large, open star, overlapping petals
  • Mild scented
  • Repeat flowering
  • Grows to 4m x 1m
  • Pruning group 2
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
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About 'Elsa Spath' Clematis:

'Elsa Spath' Clematis is widely thought to be one of the finest blue clematis ever developed. It is a stunning variety producing a profusion of large blue-purple flowers with beautiful paler violet bars and striking anthers, which fade from plum red to pale cream.
They flower continuously from late spring to early autumn, bringing a valuable shock of colour to the summer garden.

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Great for your garden:

'Elsa Spath' prefers a nice sheltered position in sun or partial shade. It is a versatile clematis, and despite being pretty vigorous can still be planted in containers and so enjoyed in even the smallest of gardens.

It's a brilliant choice for growing up over a trellis or pergola, and can make a wonderful companion for other climbers such as roses. Due to its vigour it can be planted at the base of a small tree and trained to ramble through its branches, which can look really stunning.

It is such a strong performer in the garden that is has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

'Elsa Spath' Clematis characteristics.

  • Flower colour: Blue-purple
  • Flower shape: Large, open star, overlapping pointed petals
  • Fragrance: Mild
  • Repeating: Yes
  • Approximate flowering season: May - September
  • Final height and spread: 4m x 1m
  • Pruning Group 2
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit

  • Look out for:

    As with all clematis caterpillars, earwigs and aphids can sometimes be a problem. Hand pick where possible, and spray if necessary.


    'Elsa Spath' was introduced in 1891 by Franz Ludwig Spath.

    The Spath family owned one of the worlds best known and prestigious nurseries of the 19th and 20th Centuries, situated in the Baumschulenweg district of Berlin. The nursery remained in the family until 1945 when Spaths son Helmut was very sadly executed by the Nazis for speaking out against the regime.

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    Planting and Care Instructions

    How to grow 'Elsa Spath' Clematis:

    'Elsa Spath' Clematis can be grown easily following the Clematis planting guide.

  • Can be planted facing any aspect, away from strong winds.
  • Likes sun or partial shade, with the roots shaded and cool.
  • Prefers a well drained but moist and fertile soil.
  • Needs support through wires, trellis or frame
  • Looks great planted at the base of a small ornamental or fruit tree where it can climb up through the branches.
  • Can be grown to compliment another climbers; would look particularly good with the paler bloomed climbing or rambling roses.
  • Can be planted in a large container in good quality compost.
  • Must be fed regularly through growing season