Clematis 'Pauline' Clematis 'Pauline' (A/d)
'Pauline' has the four sepals dark to bright blue, flushed with violet. Outer staminodes are blue and white, inner are green-tipped white. Flowers open from dark blue buds. Late flowering for this group
About this plant
Clematis, Leather Flower, Vase Vine, Virgin's Bower.
Color of leaves
6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters)
2-4 feet (0.6-1.2 meters)
- General Benefits
- Ornamental Appeal: Clematis 'Pauline' is known for its attractive purple flowers, providing visual interest in gardens and landscapes.
- Versatility: It can be grown on trellises, fences, or walls, making it a versatile choice for different garden designs.
- Long Blooming Period: This variety of clematis has a long flowering season, offering color and beauty for an extended period.
- Pollinator-Friendly: The flowers attract bees and butterflies, which are beneficial for pollination in the garden.
- Screening: Clematis 'Pauline' can be used to create natural screens for privacy or to hide unsightly areas.
- Climbing Ability: Its climbing habit allows it to cover vertical spaces, maximizing the use of garden space.
- Seasonal Interest: Aside from its flowers, it may also provide interest with seed heads in the autumn and winter.
- Medical Properties
This plant is not used for medical purposes.
- Air-purifying Qualities
This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.
- Other Uses
- As a natural dye: Clematis 'Pauline' petals and vines can be used to create natural dyes for fabrics, offering shades of green and yellow depending on the mordant used.
- In perfumery: The subtle fragrance of Clematis flowers may be used in the creation of perfumes or scented sachets for a light, floral aroma.
- For photography: The striking blooms of the Clematis can be used by photographers as a subject for botanical photography, highlighting their intricate details and vivid color.
- In art projects: Pressed Clematis flowers can be incorporated into paper making or used in other art projects like resin jewelry for their aesthetic appeal.
- As a teaching tool: Clematis plants can be used in educational settings to teach about climbing plant mechanisms and pollination methods.
- Erosion control: The dense foliage and matting habit of Clematis can aid in stabilizing loose soil on slopes.
- Creative structures: Gardeners can train Clematis vines onto various structures to create living sculptures or topiaries.
- Seasonal celebrations: Clematis flowers and vines can be incorporated into wreaths or other decorations for events and seasonal celebrations like spring festivals.
- As a privacy screen: When grown on trellises or fences, Clematis vines provide a natural, decorative screen that can increase privacy in gardens and yards.
- Insect habitat: Clematis thickets can offer a habitat for beneficial insects including bees, butterflies, and other pollinators which are important for a healthy ecosystem.
- Feng Shui
Clematis is not used in Feng Shui practice.
- Zodiac Sign Compitability
Clematis is not used in astrology practice.
- Plant Symbolism
- Ingeniousness: Clematis 'Pauline' symbolizes cleverness and mental agility due to its complex structure and vigorous climbing habit.
- Mental Beauty: Often associated with the beauty of the mind and thoughtful expression as the flower's subtle grace suggests a delicate yet profound beauty.
- Spiritual Seeking: This vine represents a quest for spirituality or higher understanding, growing upwards as if reaching for the heavens.
- Resilience: Its ability to thrive in different conditions and still produce stunning blossoms represents resilience in adversity.
Clematis, commonly known as the leather flower, requires regular watering to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Initially, water your Clematis 'Pauline' deeply once a week, providing about 1 gallon of water per plant, ensuring it reaches the roots. During hot and dry periods, increase the frequency to twice a week. However, during the cooler months or when rainfall is sufficient, reduce the watering accordingly. Always check the top couple of inches of soil before watering to avoid overwatering, which can lead to root rot.
Clematis 'Pauline' thrives best in a location with full sun to partial shade. The ideal spot exposes the plant to at least six hours of sunlight a day, with some shelter from the intense afternoon sun. Ensure it receives morning light, which is less harsh than the afternoon sun, to promote healthy growth and bloom production.
Clematis 'Pauline' is hardy and can withstand a range of temperatures, ideally thriving between 55 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. While it can survive temperatures down to about 20 degrees Fahrenheit, it's essential to protect the root area with mulch in winter to prevent freezing. During summer, ensure the roots stay cool, possibly by shading the soil or using mulch, to keep the plant healthy.
Clematis 'Pauline' should be pruned to encourage strong growth and flowering. Prune in late winter or early spring when the buds begin to swell, removing any dead or weak stems. After the initial bloom, prune lightly to promote a second flush of flowers. Clematis 'Pauline' is in pruning group 2, meaning it flowers on old and new wood, so be cautious not to remove all of the previous year's stems.
Clematis prefer a well-draining, moisture-retentive soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH between 7.0 and 7.5. A good soil mix could be one part compost, one part perlite or grit, and two parts loam-based potting compost to provide the necessary nutrients, drainage, and pH balance.
Clematis generally do not require frequent repotting and can be repotted every 2 to 3 years. If the clematis is growing in a container, it is best to repot when the plant becomes root-bound or the soil is exhausted.
- Humidity & Misting
Clematis thrive with moderate humidity levels in the environment but do not have specific humidity requirements. It is important to maintain good air circulation around the plant to prevent fungal diseases.
- Suitable locations
Ensure bright indirect light, cool temps, and support for climbing.
Plant in fertile soil, partial shade, provide climbing support.
- Life cycle
The Clematis 'Pauline' begins its life cycle as a dormant root system or as a set of seeds that germinate when soil temperatures and moisture levels are appropriate. Following germination, the seedlings establish a root system and develop shoots, eventually forming climbing vines that seek out support structures or other plants for vertical growth. The plant enters a vegetative state where it produces large, green leaves and elongates stems in preparation for flowering. The flowering stage is marked by the development of striking deep purple-blue flowers, which bloom in late spring to early summer and attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. After pollination, the flowers will fade, and the plant will produce feathery seed heads that contain seeds for the next generation. Clematis 'Pauline' will enter a period of dormancy during the winter months, with the above-ground parts dying back and the plant conserving energy until the next growing season begins.
Spring to Summer
Clematis 'Pauline', commonly known as simply Clematis, is most effectively propagated through stem cuttings. The best time for taking stem cuttings is during the late spring to early summer when the plant is actively growing. To propagate, a gardener should select a healthy stem with at least two sets of leaves and cut just below a set of leaf nodes using a clean, sharp utensil. The cutting, about 4 to 6 inches (approximately 10 to 15 centimeters) in length, should have the lower leaves removed and the cut end dipped in rooting hormone powder to encourage root growth. This treated end is then inserted into a pot filled with a moistened mixture of peat and perlite or sand to provide a well-draining growing medium. The pot should be covered with plastic to maintain humidity, placed in indirect light, and kept at a temperature of around 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 21 to 24 degrees Celsius). After several weeks, the cutting should develop roots and can eventually be transplanted into the garden.