Clematis Clematis 'Helsingborg' (A)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
clematis 'Helsingborg'


The Clematis 'Helsingborg' is a visually striking plant, renowned for its showy floral displays. The blossoms are the most prominent feature, typically boasting a rich hue that ranges from deep purple to a vibrant violet, depending upon the variant. Each flower exhibits a classic clematis form, with four to six broad petals that flare outwards from the center to create a star-like shape. In the heart of the bloom, a cluster of smaller, contrasting stamen stand out with their feathery appearance and paler color, often a creamy yellow or white, adding to the visual depth. Foliage on this clematis provides an appealing backdrop to the striking flowers. The leaves are generally a bright green, composed of multiple leaflets that are ovate or lance-shaped with a glossy sheen, which can have a slightly toothed margin. They emerge from woody, vine-like stems that are well-suited for climbing up trellises, fences, or other supports, often intertwining as they grow. This clematis variety tends to flower from late spring through the early part of summer, depending on the climate and growing conditions. As the plant matures, it can produce an abundant display of flowers, which can last several weeks. After the initial blooming phase, the plant may produce a less profuse second wave of flowers later in the season. In addition to its blooms, Clematis 'Helsingborg' may also feature decorative seed heads following the flowering period. These fluffy, plume-like structures offer a unique textural element to the garden landscape and can persist on the vines, providing interest even after the petals have fallen. Overall, the Clematis 'Helsingborg' is a dynamic and ornamental plant that can add a burst of color and vertical interest to any garden setting, presenting a striking visual spectacle without demanding significant space on the ground. Its blooms and foliage are characteristic of the clematis family and are particularly admired by garden enthusiasts and landscapers alike for their beauty and climbing abilities.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Queen of the Vines, Clematis

    • Common names

      Clematis 'Helsingborg'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant commonly known as clematis can be toxic to humans when ingested. Although clematis is primarily grown for its ornamental features, care should be taken to avoid consuming any part of the plant. The toxic principle in clematis is attributed to compounds called glycosides, which can cause gastrointestinal irritation. Symptoms of clematis poisoning may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and mouth irritation. If large quantities are consumed, more severe digestive upset can occur, and medical attention should be sought.

    • To pets

      The plant commonly referred to as clematis is also toxic to pets. If a pet ingests clematis, they might experience symptoms similar to those seen in humans, such as salivation, vomiting, diarrhea, and potential mouth irritation due to the glycoside compounds. Pets might also show signs of depression or lethargy. The severity of symptoms can depend on the amount of plant material ingested. Pet owners suspecting clematis poisoning should contact a veterinarian immediately, as prompt supportive care might be needed to manage and alleviate the symptoms.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters)

    • Spread

      3-4 feet (0.9-1.2 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: Clematis 'Helsingborg' adds visual interest to gardens with its vibrant purple flowers.
    • Climbing Growth: Ideal for vertical interest, it can climb up trellises, walls, and fences.
    • Seasonal Color: It provides seasonal blooms from late spring to early autumn.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers attract bees and butterflies, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Low Maintenance: Once established, it requires minimal care, making it a suitable choice for busy gardeners.
    • Space-Saving: Its climbing nature means it takes up less ground space, perfect for smaller gardens.
    • Versatility: Suitable for pots and containers as well as in the ground.
    • Diversity of Use: Can be used for ground cover, as a screen, or for decorative purposes on arches and pergolas.

  • 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 'Helsingborg' can be trained to grow over fences, adding aesthetic value and privacy to a property.
    • This variety of clematis can be used in floral arrangements and bouquets for decoration due to its vibrant flowers.
    • When dried, the flowers and vines of clematis can be incorporated into potpourri mixes for a natural fragrance.
    • Clematis 'Helsingborg' can be utilized as a living screen to mask unsightly garden features like compost bins or rain barrels.
    • The plant can serve as a natural habitat and food source for beneficial insects, supporting biodiversity in the garden.
    • Crafting enthusiasts might use the dried vines for making wreaths or other types of plant-based craft projects.
    • Budding gardeners can use the seeds from clematis 'Helsingborg' to practice propagation and gardening skills.
    • The strong vines of clematis have been used in garden art installations, creating structures and shapes adorned with flowers.
    • The climbing nature of Clematis 'Helsingborg' makes it useful for hiding garden infrastructure, like poles or cables.
    • This plant can be used in educational settings to demonstrate the process of climbing and vining in plants.

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: The clematis, known for its climbing nature, often symbolizes the ability to rise above obstacles through cleverness and adaptability, reflecting mental agility.
    • Artistic Creativity: With its vibrant and showy flowers, clematis is associated with a flourishing of beauty and creativity, often linked to artistic expression.
    • Ingenuity: The plant's ability to find many routes as it climbs represents ingenuity and the skillful solving of problems.
    • Spiritual Pursuit: In some cultures, the clematis's climb toward the heavens is seen as a symbol of the soul's quest for higher truth and enlightenment.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-4 years
Early spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Clematis, commonly known as the Queen of the Climbers, should be watered thoroughly about once a week, providing about 1 gallon of water for each plant. During the hot summer months, you may need to water more frequently, especially if the weather is dry and the Clematis is in full sun. Make sure to water directly at the base of the plant to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to fungal diseases. Ensure that the soil is well-draining to prevent root rot but also retain enough moisture to keep the root system hydrated. Reduce watering in the fall as the plant prepares for dormancy and water sparingly during winter if the ground is not frozen.

  • sunLight

    The Queen of the Climbers thrives best in full sun to partial shade. An ideal spot would allow the plant’s roots to remain cool and shaded while its vines can climb towards the sun. It's beneficial to position the Clematis where it receives at least six hours of sunlight a day to ensure optimal blooming. However, in very hot climates, providing some afternoon shade will help protect the plant from intense heat.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Queen of the Climbers prefers temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit but can handle temperatures as low as 20 degrees during dormancy. It's crucial to protect the plant from frost, especially newly planted Clematis. Once established, Clematis 'Helsingborg' can withstand winter cold but should be mulched at the base to insulate the root zone if temperatures are expected to drop below its minimum tolerance.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Queen of the Climbers is necessary to promote vigorous growth and flowering. Clematis 'Helsingborg' should be pruned in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Remove any dead or damaged stems and prune the remaining stems to a pair of strong buds about 6 to 8 inches above ground level. This variety may also benefit from a light pruning after the first flush of flowers to encourage a second bloom period in the summer.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Clematis 'Helsingborg', commonly known as clematis, thrives best in a well-draining soil mix with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5. A mix of loam, compost, and well-rotted manure will provide the necessary nutrients and structure. Adequate drainage is key to prevent root rot, so incorporating perlite or coarse sand can be beneficial.

  • plantRepotting

    Clematis 'Helsingborg', or clematis, typically doesn't need frequent repotting and can often be left undisturbed for several years. When the plant shows signs of slowed growth or becomes root-bound, usually every 3 to 4 years, it should be repotted.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Clematis 'Helsingborg', known commonly as clematis, prefers a moderate humidity level but is quite adaptable and can tolerate the variations in humidity commonly found in outdoor environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide ample light, cool roots, and trellis support.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-drained soil, partial sun, provide climbing support.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The common name for Clematis 'Helsingborg' is Clematis. The initial stage begins with seed germination, although many gardeners start with nursery-grown plants. From a young seedling or juvenile plant, the Clematis grows rapidly, developing a robust root system and vine structure. During its vegetative growth phase, it extends its vines and produces compound leaves that provide energy through photosynthesis. As the plant matures, it enters the flowering stage, usually in late spring to early summer, producing distinctive, large, and often colorful flowers. After pollination, the Clematis sets seed in the form of achenes, which are dispersed by wind. In the autumn, the plant may die back to the ground if it's a herbaceous variety, while in other varieties, woody stems may remain and become dormant through winter, ready to resume growth in the following spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early spring

    • Propogation: Clematis 'Helsingborg', commonly known as just Clematis, can be most popularly propagated through stem cuttings. The best time to take stem cuttings is in the late spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing. To propagate, take healthy, vigorous stems and cut a segment about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) long, ensuring there are at least two sets of leaves or leaf buds. Remove the lower leaves and dip the cut end in rooting hormone to encourage root development. Place the cutting in a pot filled with a mixture of half potting soil and half perlite or sand, which will provide good drainage and aeration. The cutting should then be watered gently, covered with a plastic bag to maintain humidity, and placed in bright indirect light until roots have developed, which typically takes a few weeks. Once the cutting has rooted and shows new growth, it can be gradually acclimated to less humid conditions before being transplanted outside.