Double Clematis Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans' (Vt/d)

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


Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans', commonly known as Clematis, is a visually striking flowering plant renowned for its luxurious and voluminous blooms. This particular variety displays an opulent array of double flowers, which means that the flowers are densely packed with petals, offering a fuller and more lavish appearance compared to single-flowered counterparts. The petals exhibit a rich, velvety texture, adding to their visual allure. The flowers are noted for their deep purplish-pink hue, which exudes a regal and sophisticated charm. As the petals unfurl, they reveal their multifaceted rosette-like formation, exuding an air of baroque elegance. The petals often have a slightly ruffled edge, further enhancing the intricate beauty of each blossom. As for the foliage, it serves as a lush backdrop to the spectacular flowers. The leaves are bright green, which creates a refreshing contrast against the deep purplish tones of the blossoms. The foliage typically cascades and intertwines gracefully, showcasing an inherent ability to climb and adorn structures with its entwining stems. Throughout its blooming season, the Clematis becomes a hub of activity, attracting pollinators like butterflies and bees, which are drawn to its nectar-rich flowers. The contrast between the vibrant flower color and the fauna it attracts adds to the dynamic and lively appearance of the plant. Despite the omission of specific dimensions, it's important to note that Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans' has a presence that can provide an enchanting focal point for garden designs, bringing with it a touch of romantic opulence wherever it is planted. Its display is not just a feast for the eyes; it's also an archetype of classical floral elegance that can complement and enhance a variety of garden settings.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Double Purple Clematis, Purple Clematis.

    • Common names

      Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans' (Vt/d).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Clematis, specifically Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans', can be toxic if ingested. It contains compounds that can cause gastrointestinal upset with symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and salivating. In some cases, there may also be skin irritation if the skin comes in contact with the sap. It is important to seek medical attention if ingestion is suspected.

    • To pets

      Clematis, including Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans', is toxic to pets if ingested. It can cause symptoms such as vomiting, hypersalivation, diarrhea, and in some cases, ataxia (coordination problems). If you suspect that your pet has ingested this plant, consult your veterinarian promptly.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters)

    • Spread

      2-3 feet (0.6-0.9 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans' is known for its deeply colored, double flowers that add a striking visual appeal to gardens.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers attract a variety of pollinating insects, which is beneficial for the garden ecosystem.
    • Versatility: This clematis can be grown on fences, trellises, or arbors, making it a flexible choice for different garden designs.
    • Seasonal Interest: It blooms from midsummer to early autumn, providing long-lasting floral interest during the growing season.
    • Shade Tolerant: Unlike many flowering plants, it can thrive in partially shaded locations, offering more planting options.
    • Easy Pruning: This variety falls into Pruning Group 3, meaning it can be pruned back hard every year, which simplifies maintenance.
    • Hardiness: It is relatively hardy and can survive in climates with cold winters, making it suitable for a range of geographical locations.

  • 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 can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, providing a range of purples and blues depending on the mordant used.
    • The pom-pom-like flowers of Clematis can be used in dried flower arrangements, maintaining their shape and color for extended periods.
    • The vine's strong stems can be woven into small decorative baskets or wreaths as a form of natural craft material.
    • When pruned, the vine offcuts can be repurposed as natural stakes or trellises for supporting other plants in the garden.
    • Clematis, with its dense foliage, can create natural privacy screens in gardens or on balconies when trained along railings or fences.
    • The plant can be used for educational purposes, teaching about climbing plant species, pollination, and plant lifecycle in schools or workshops.
    • Artists may use the Clematis' intricate flowers as subjects for botanical illustrations or photography, capturing their complex beauty.
    • The vines can be trained to form natural arches or entryways in gardens, adding an element of living architecture to the landscape.
    • Clematis flowers can inspire designs in various art forms, including textiles, wallpaper, and other home decors due to their ornate appearance.
    • Clematis leaves and vines can be used in terrariums or fairy gardens to create miniature landscapes, taking advantage of their small leaf size and climbing habit.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Clematis is not commonly used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Clematis is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Artistic Inspiration: With its dramatic purple blooms, Clematis is often associated with creative expression and the muses, symbolizing the beauty of art in various forms.
    • Mental Agility: Due to its climbing nature and intricate flower structure, Clematis embodies intellectual acuity, representing a sharp and curious mind.
    • Resilience: Known for its ability to adapt and thrive in various conditions, Clematis represents determination and the ability to withstand life's challenges.
    • Spiritual Pursuit: The plant's upward growth is likened to spiritual evolution, suggesting aspiration towards higher understanding and enlightenment.

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

    Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans', commonly known as Viticella Clematis, requires consistent moisture but does not like to be waterlogged. During the growing season, it should be watered deeply once a week with about 1 gallon of water per plant. In periods of drought or extreme heat, watering frequency should increase to twice a week, ensuring the soil remains moist but not saturated. During winter or cooler months, reduce watering as the plant's water requirements decrease. Always water at the base of the plant to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to fungal diseases.

  • sunLight

    Viticella Clematis thrives in a location where it receives about 6 hours of sunlight daily, with some shade during the hottest part of the day to protect the blooms. Ideally, the plant should be positioned in a spot where the roots are shaded or mulched but the vines can climb towards the light. This balance ensures healthy growth and plentiful flowering.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The ideal temperature for Viticella Clematis ranges from 55°F to 75°F. While the plant can survive temperatures down to about 20°F, it is essential to provide some protection to the roots during winter freezes. During the hot summer months, Clematis can tolerate temperatures up to 85°F, provided they are not exposed to prolonged periods of intense heat without adequate moisture.

  • scissorsPruning

    Viticella Clematis should be pruned to encourage strong growth and flowering. Prune in late winter or early spring when buds begin to swell. This type of Clematis falls into Pruning Group 3, meaning it flowers on new growth, so it can be cut back to about 12 inches from the ground. Pruning not only shapes the plant but also promotes vigorous growth and more flowers. The best time for pruning is usually February or March.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    For Double Clematis, the ideal soil mix is well-draining, rich in organic matter with a pH of around 6.5 to 7.5. Incorporate compost and a balanced fertilizer, and ensure adequate drainage to prevent root rot.

  • plantRepotting

    Double Clematis typically doesn’t need frequent repotting and can be done every 3-4 years or when it outgrows its current pot. Spring is the best time for repotting to allow the plant to establish in the growing season.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Double Clematis thrives in moderate humidity conditions; it doesn't require high humidity. Ensure good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases but avoid extremely dry environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright indirect light, support for climbing, and consistent moisture.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade with support for climbing, and mulch the base.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans' (also known as Double Purple Clematis) starts its life cycle as a seed, which germinates in spring when soil temperature and moisture levels are suitable. The plant then enters a vegetative stage, producing long vines and leaves while establishing a root system. From late spring through early autumn, the Double Purple Clematis enters the flowering stage, showcasing its distinctive double purple flowers. After blooming, the plant sets seeds surrounded by feathery structures, which are dispersed by the wind for reproduction. During the winter, the clematis enters a dormancy phase, where growth pauses and the above-ground parts of some varieties may die back, while the root system remains alive. With the arrival of spring, the cycle resumes as new growth emerges from the buds on the woody stems or from the base of the plant for non-woody types.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late winter-early spring

    • The Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans', commonly referred to as Viticella clematis, is best propagated through layering, which is a popular method for this specific variety due to its straightforwardness and high success rate. The ideal time to carry out this method is in late winter or early spring, just before the plant resumes active growth. To propagate by layering, select a long, healthy stem and gently bend it towards the ground. Make a small incision or notch on the underside of the stem where it naturally touches the soil to encourage rooting. Then, secure this portion of the stem in contact with the soil using a U-shaped pin or a heavy object, and cover it with about 2 inches (about 5 centimeters) of soil while ensuring that the tip of the stem is exposed. Over time, roots will develop at the point of contact with the soil. Once a good root system has been established, which can take several months, the new plant can be cut from the parent plant and transplanted to a desired location.