Clematis Clematis Esme = 'Evipo048' (PBR)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
clematis [Esme]


Clematis Esme, often referred to just as Clematis, is a captivating plant known for its exceptional display of flowers. The flowers of Clematis Esme are particularly remarkable, featuring a lovely mauve color that brings a soft yet vibrant hue to any garden. With a texture that can almost be described as velvety, the petals exhibit a lush look that is both inviting and elegant. The blossoms of Clematis Esme are not singular in form; instead, they often appear in a profusion, creating an impressive visual spectacle during their blooming season. Each flower is composed of a series of individual petals that are carefully arranged in a radial pattern, typical of the Clematis family's charm. At the center of each flower, there usually exists a cluster of stamen-like structures that contrast beautifully with the mauve petals, often taking on a slightly paler color or even a soft creamy hue. This contrast serves to draw the eye and adds depth to the flower's appearance. Clematis Esme's foliage provides a luscious backdrop to its flowers. The leaves are deep green, typically enjoying the telltale glossy sheen that gives the plant a perennial sense of health and vigor. The arrangement of the leaves on the vine allows the flowers to stand out, with the green acting as a natural highlighter to the mauve tones of the petals. Overall, Clematis Esme exudes a sense of romantic elegance, whether it's climbing up a trellis, draping over a fence, or adding color to the side of a structure. The plant's aesthetic is one that can complement a variety of garden styles, adding a touch of grace and beauty that is sure to charm any onlooker.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Clematis 'Esme', Queen of the Vines.

    • Common names

      Clematis Esme = 'Evipo048' (PBR).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Clematis, including the Clematis 'Esme', contains compounds that can be toxic if ingested and can also cause skin irritation in some individuals. If ingested, symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive salivation. In severe cases, it might also cause mouth ulcers and blistering. It is advisable to avoid ingesting any part of this plant and to wear gloves if handling it to prevent skin irritation.

    • To pets

      Clematis, including the Clematis 'Esme', is toxic to pets if ingested. Symptoms of clematis poisoning in animals can include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and possible mouth ulcers from the irritants contained in the plant. Ingestion can lead to gastrointestinal upset and possibly more serious health issues. Owners should prevent their pets from chewing on or consuming any part of this plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-7 feet (1.8-2.1 meters)

    • Spread

      2-3 feet (0.6-0.9 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attractive Flowers: Clematis Esme produces beautiful, large mauve-pink flowers that can enhance the aesthetic appeal of gardens and landscapes.
    • Extended Blooming: It has a long flowering period which extends from late spring to early autumn, providing color throughout the seasons.
    • Compact Growth: This variety remains relatively compact, making it suitable for small gardens or growing in containers on patios and balconies.
    • Climbing Habit: As a climbing plant, Clematis Esme can cover trellises, arbors, walls, and fences, adding vertical interest to the garden.
    • Easy Pruning: It belongs to the pruning group 2, which is relatively easy to maintain with minimal pruning for shape and health.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it is moderately tolerant to drought, reducing the need for frequent watering in non-extreme conditions.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers attract bees and butterflies, promoting pollination and benefiting the overall ecosystem in the garden.
    • Versatility: Its versatile nature allows it to be used in various landscape designs, from cottage gardens to more contemporary settings.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses


    • Clematis fibers can be used to create plant-based art installations by weaving or braiding the vines for unique, organic designs.
    • Dried clematis vines are suitable for crafting lightweight, eco-friendly jewelry such as bracelets and necklaces, adding a natural touch to fashion accessories.
    • The flexible stems of clematis can be trained to grow on sculptures, creating living, changing garden artwork that integrates horticulture with visual art.
    • Clematis petals are sometimes used in potpourri mixtures for a subtle fragrance, adding color and variety to these dried arrangements.
    • The plant's tendrils can be incorporated into basket-weaving activities, providing additional texture and strength to such handmade items.
    • The vine's natural climbing ability makes it an excellent tool in hiding or beautifying unsightly garden structures, such as compost bins or rain barrels.
    • Photographers and filmmakers can utilize clematis as a natural backdrop or as part of set dressings for shooting outdoor scenes that require lush, romantic foliage.
    • In educational settings, clematis can serve as a living example to teach about vine growth patterns, plant biology, and the importance of supporting structures for climbing plants.
    • Seasonal decorators can use clematis seed heads, which have a fluffy, silvery appearance, in autumn and winter displays for a whimsical touch.
    • Cold-hardy varieties of clematis can be employed in ice-sculpture gardens, where they act as organic adornments that withstand the chill and add a splash of texture.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Clematis is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Clematis is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Mental Agility: Clematis, known for its climbing nature, often signifies mental agility and the ability to think flexibly, much like its vines, which twist and turn to reach sunlight.
    • Creativity: The intricate and diverse flowers of the Clematis symbolize the blossoming of creative ideas and the beauty of artistic expression.
    • Ingenuity: With its ability to adapt to various climbing supports and situations, Clematis represents cleverness and ingenious solutions to problems.
    • Spiritual Awakening: The upward growth of Clematis can symbolize a spiritual journey or awakening, leading one towards enlightenment and higher understanding.
    • Beauty and Artistry: Clematis blooms are admired for their ornate beauty, representing the appreciation of beauty and artistry in life.

Every week
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-4 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Clematis, commonly referred to by the name 'Clematis Esme', requires even moisture and should not be allowed to dry out completely. During the growing season, water the plant thoroughly once a week with about 1 gallon of water, ensuring that the soil is moist but not waterlogged. In hot and dry conditions, you may need to water twice a week. Reduce watering in the winter when the plant is dormant. It is especially important to keep young plants well-watered until they are established.

  • sunLight

    Clematis 'Clematis Esme' thrives best in a spot that receives full sun to partial shade. Ideally, the plant should have at least six hours of sunlight a day, but it also benefits from some shade during the hottest part of the afternoon. The base and roots prefer to be in cool, shaded conditions, so consider planting something at the base to provide shade or use mulch to help keep the root area cooler.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Clematis 'Clematis Esme' grows well in temperatures that range from 50 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. While it can survive brief periods of colder or hotter temperatures, prolonged exposure to temperatures below 30 degrees Fahrenheit or above 95 degrees Fahrenheit can be damaging. Therefore, the ideal temperature range for optimal growth falls within the moderate to warm spectrum, avoiding extremes.

  • scissorsPruning

    Clematis 'Clematis Esme' is typically pruned to promote healthy growth and flowering. Prune in late winter or early spring, removing any dead or weak stems before new growth begins. This variety may also be pruned after the first flush of flowers to encourage a second bloom. It's recommended to do a light pruning annually to keep the plant healthy and to maintain the desired shape.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Clematis Esme requires well-draining soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.0. A good mix would include loamy garden soil, compost, and well-rotted manure or similar organic matter to enrich the soil and support its growth. Ensure adequate drainage by adding perlite or grit to the mix.

  • plantRepotting

    The Clematis Esme should be repotted every 2-3 years or when it has outgrown its current container. This will ensure that the plant has enough space to grow and adequate nutrients available from fresh soil.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Clematis Esme prefers a moderate humidity level, but it is generally adaptable to the ambient outdoor humidity in most climates. Avoid placing it in excessively dry conditions to ensure healthy growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright, indirect light and adequate support for climbing.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun to partial shade, with cool, shaded roots and support for climbing.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Clematis 'Etoile Violette' starts its life cycle with seed germination, which requires stratification to break dormancy. Once germinated, the seedling grows into a juvenile plant establishing a strong root system and climbing or trailing stems with leaves. As the plant matures, it enters the flowering stage, producing distinctive violet-purple flowers typically from early to late summer. Following pollination, flowers develop into fruit, which are fluffy, plume-like seed heads that disperse seeds for reproduction. During fall and winter, the plant goes into dormancy, with the above-ground portion dying back if it is subjected to freezing temperatures, while the root system remains alive to regrow the next spring. Throughout its life, the clematis may be pruned to encourage a bushier growth habit and to stimulate more prolific flowering in the subsequent season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The most popular method of propagating the Clematis, specifically the Clematis Esme 'Evipo048', is through layering. This process involves bending a stem toward the ground, making a small notch in the stem to expose the inner tissue, and then burying that part of the stem in the soil while still attached to the parent plant. Over time, roots will develop at the point of injury. Once a sufficient root system has established, typically within a few months to a year, the new plant can be severed from the parent and transplanted elsewhere. Layering is often done in spring or fall, when the plant is not in active growth. This technique is effective because it maintains a connection to the parent plant, ensuring that the new plant is well nourished during root development.