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Rouge Cardinal Clematis Plants

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  • Deep crimson flowers
  • Large, open star, overlapping petals
  • Mild Scented
  • Flowers Jun/July-Sept
  • Type: Late large-flowered
  • Habit: Climber
  • Pruning group 3
  • Size: To 3m x 1m
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£ 19.95
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About Rouge Cardinal Clematis:

Red 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 seed heads.

Have a look through our Clematis range here.

Great for your garden:

'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.


  • Deep crimson flowers
  • Unscented
  • Flowers July - September
  • Large, single, open star, overlapping petals
  • Size: To 3m x 1m
  • Type: Late large-flowered
  • Habit: Climber
  • Pruning group 3


Rouge Cardinal was bred in 1968 by Alexandre Girault of Orléans, France, who is a lot better known for his contributions to rose breeding. The parents were Ville de Lyon and  Pourpre Mat.

If you want a college of Cardinals, or at least a trio, we also grow a Cardinal Royal rowan tree, and a Cardinal de Richelieu rose bush.

Planting and Care Instructions

How to grow Clematis 'Rouge Cardinal':

Clematis 'Rouge Cardinal' can be grown easily following the Clematis planting guide. Pruning is essential - see our notes on How to Prune Group 3 Clematis

  • Grow in sun or partial shade.
  • Will grow in any well-drained but moist, fertile soil.
  • Provide support through wires, trellis or frame.
  • Great for growing through climbing or rambling roses - particularly good with pale pink or white blooms.
  • Good for pairing with other earlier flowering Clematis.
  • Can be trained over a large shrub - good with silver or variegated white foliage.
  • Can be grown up through small to medium ornamental or fruiting trees