Clematis Vesuvius Clematis Vesuvius = 'Evipo032' (PBR) (Vt)
Clematis 'Vesuvius' is a strikingly beautiful flowering plant named for its vibrant colors reminiscent of fiery volcanic lava. This Clematis variety boasts large, vivid flowers that draw attention and create a visual spectacle in any garden setting. The flowers are characterized by their rich, velvety petals that are deep purple with a reddish-pink bar in the middle, radiating outwards. The flower's texture is plush, and the colors are intensely pigmented, with each petal displaying a gradient of hues which can range from a dark, almost black-purple at the tips to a brighter fuchsia toward the center stripe. The blossoms are substantial and rounded, often with six to eight overlapping petals that create a complete, symmetrical shape. At the heart of each flower, a tuft of cream-colored anthers stands out, contrasting with the dark petals, and adds an additional layer of ornamental detail. These anthers give the flower's center a frilly appearance that is both elegant and alluring. This variety of Clematis is a climbing plant, known for twining its leaf stalks around nearby supports as it grows. The leaves are bright green and usually comprise three leaflets, which provide a lush backdrop to the vibrant blooms. These leaflets are pointed and can have slightly serrated edges, giving the foliage a textured look that complements the smoothness of the petals. Overall, Clematis 'Vesuvius' presents a breathtaking display with its luxurious purple flowers, and gardeners often use it to adorn trellises, walls, or pergolas, where its beauty can be showcased vertically, adding a splash of dramatic color that can transform a space with its from spring to late summer flowering season.
About this plant
Clematis 'Vesuvius', Volcano Clematis, Evison Clematis.
Clematis Vesuvius = 'Evipo032' (PBR) (Vt).
Color of leaves
6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters)
1-3 feet (0.3-0.9 meters)
- General Benefits
- Ornamental Appeal: Clematis Vesuvius offers stunning dark purple flowers with contrasting yellow stamens, adding aesthetic beauty to gardens and outdoor spaces.
- Versatility: This climber is great for growing on trellises, walls, arbors, and fences, making it a versatile addition to many garden designs.
- Compact Growth: Its compact growth habit makes it suitable for smaller gardens or growing in containers on patios and balconies.
- Long Blooming Period: This clematis variety has a long flowering period, typically from late spring to early autumn, providing extended interest throughout the growing season.
- Pollinator-Friendly: The flowers attract bees and butterflies, supporting local ecosystems and pollinator populations.
- Easy Pruning: This variety falls into Pruning Group 2, which is relatively easy to prune, encouraging healthy growth and abundant flowering without complex maintenance.
- Hardiness: Clematis Vesuvius is hardy in many climates, which means that it can survive in a range of weather conditions with appropriate care.
- 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
- Living wreaths: Clematis Vesuvius can be trained to grow in a circular pattern to create a unique, living floral wreath for decoration.
- Natural fencing: When planted in a row, Clematis Vesuvius can serve as a visually attractive and semi-private natural fence.
- Outdoor shower enclosure: The dense foliage of Clematis Vesuvius can provide privacy and a botanical atmosphere for an outdoor shower area.
- Garden sculptures: Gardeners can train Clematis Vesuvius to climb over and around garden sculptures, adding a floral dimension to art pieces.
- Educational tool: This plant can be used to teach about plant growth, pollination, and climbing mechanisms in gardening classes or workshops.
- Photography backdrop: The vibrant flowers of Clematis Vesuvius make a stunning backdrop for portrait or macro photography.
- Green roofing: When planted atop garden sheds or other small structures, Clematis Vesuvius can contribute to a living roof aesthetic.
- Theme gardens: This plant is ideal for creating a 'volcano-themed' garden due to its fiery name and vivid coloration.
- Seasonal celebrations: Its red to purplish hues can align with the color themes for various holidays, making it suitable for seasonal garden displays.
- Space divider: In an open-plan garden, Clematis Vesuvius can be grown on trellises to delineate different areas or 'rooms' without the need for walls.
- Feng Shui
The Clematis is not used in Feng Shui practice.
- Zodiac Sign Compitability
The Clematis is not used in astrology practice.
- Plant Symbolism
- Ingenuity and Intellectualism: The Clematis, often referred to as the "queen of the vines," symbolizes cleverness and mental prowess due to its intricate climbing abilities and the way it skillfully supports itself on structures and other plants.
- Spiritual Quest: With its tendency to climb towards the light and its beautiful blossoms, the Clematis also signifies a quest for higher spiritual states or striving for self-improvement.
- Beauty and Art: The stunning flowers of the Clematis, which come in a variety of colors and forms, make it symbolic of artistic creativity, aesthetic beauty, and the celebration of visual pleasures.
- Perseverance: As the Clematis can withstand challenging weather and will vigorously grow back even after being cut down, it represents perseverance and the ability to overcome obstacles in life.
The Clematis 'Vesuvius', like other clematis varieties, prefers a consistent moisture level, so it's important to water it regularly, especially during dry spells. Water the plant deeply once a week, providing about 1 gallon of water to soak the soil thoroughly, ensuring moisture reaches the roots. During hot or windy weather, you may need to water twice a week. Avoid overhead watering to prevent diseases; instead, water at the base of the plant. The goal is to maintain moist but not waterlogged soil, as clematis roots are sensitive to overwatering. During winter, reduce watering as the plant's growth slows down.
The Clematis 'Vesuvius' thrives best in a location where it can receive about 6 hours of sunlight daily, with some afternoon shade to protect its blooms from intense heat. The ideal spot would be one where the plant's roots are shaded, such as by mulch or other low-growing plants, while its foliage and flowers can bask in the sun. Morning sun and dappled afternoon light are perfect for promoting healthy growth and vibrant blooms.
The Clematis 'Vesuvius' can tolerate a range of temperatures but grows best when the temperature is between 55°F and 75°F. It can withstand winter temperatures as low as -20°F, making it hardy in many climates. During extreme heat above 90°F, provide some shade to prevent stress on the plant. Consistent temperatures within the ideal range promote vigorous growth and flowering.
Pruning Clematis 'Vesuvius', which falls into Pruning Group 3, involves cutting back the stems to about a foot above ground level in late winter or early spring, before new growth starts. This encourages strong growth and plentiful blooms. Prune again lightly after the first flush of flowers to shape the plant and promote a second flowering period. Pruning helps maintain plant vigor, control size, and prevent a tangled mass of stems.
Clematis prefer a well-draining soil rich in organic matter with a pH close to neutral, around 6.5 to 7. A good mix for Clematis 'Vesuvius' could be loamy garden soil, compost, and well-rotted manure, with the addition of perlite or grit to improve drainage.
Clematis 'Vesuvius' should be repotted every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its current pot. It's best to repot in late winter before new growth begins, taking care not to damage the roots while transplanting.
- Humidity & Misting
Clematis 'Vesuvius' prefers a moderate humidity level. While not as sensitive to humidity as some tropical plants, ensuring good air circulation can prevent fungal issues commonly associated with high humidity environments.
- Suitable locations
Provide bright indirect light, ample support, and ensure soil drainage.
Plant in partially shaded area with well-draining soil and support for climbing.
- Life cycle
Clematis 'Vesuvius', commonly referred to as Clematis, begins its life cycle when the seed germinates in moist, well-drained soil, typically in spring or early summer. The seedling emerges and develops into a young vine, which will gradually establish a root system and begin to produce leaves. As it matures, Clematis 'Vesuvius' enters the vegetative stage, forming a robust climbing habit and using structures like trellises or other plants for support. During the flowering stage, which occurs from mid to late summer, the plant produces its striking purple or violet flowers that attract pollinators. After pollination, the flowers develop into seed heads, releasing seeds that can perpetuate the cycle. In the dormant stage during winter, the above-ground growth dies back, although the roots remain alive and dormant until the conditions are favorable for the next growing season.
The Clematis Vesuvius, also known as 'Evipo032', is commonly propagated by taking softwood cuttings during the late spring or early summer months. This is the period when the plant's new growth is semi-ripe and has not yet hardened. For this method, cut a 4 to 6-inch long (10 to 15 centimeters) piece from the vine's healthy shoot, just below a leaf node. It's essential to include at least two sets of leaves, as this is where new roots will form. The cutting should then be dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development and planted in a well-draining soil mix. Ideally, the cutting should be placed in indirect light and kept at a consistent moisture level to promote growth. It usually takes a few weeks to a couple of months for the cutting to root sufficiently and eventually develop into a new plant.