Clematis [Vicki] Clematis Vicki = 'Evipo114' (EL)
[Vicki] is a compact deciduous climber to around 1.2m tall bearing pink flowers, 10-12cm in diameter, with deeper pink central bars and golden yellow stamens. Flowers are produced from early summer until early autumn
About this plant
Clematis Vicki, Queen of the Climbers
Clematis Vicki 'Evipo114' (EL)
Color of leaves
6-7 feet (1.8-2.1 meters)
2-3 feet (0.6-0.9 meters)
- General Benefits
- Ornamental Appeal: The Clematis Vicki offers a stunning display of pastel pink flowers that can add aesthetic charm to gardens and landscapes.
- Climbing Growth Habit: Being a climbing plant, it can be used to cover walls, fences, trellises, and arches, providing vertical interest in the garden.
- Ease of Care: The Clematis Vicki is relatively easy to care for once established, requiring only regular pruning to maintain its shape and promote flowering.
- Attracts Pollinators: The open flowers of this plant attract butterflies and bees, which are beneficial for pollination in the garden.
- Long Blooming Period: This plant has a lengthy blooming season, from late spring to early fall, ensuring color in the garden for an extended period.
- Compact Growth: It remains more compact than some other varieties, making it suitable for smaller gardens or growing in containers on patios and balconies.
- Versatility: It can be planted in a variety of soil types and garden conditions, from full sun to partial shade, adding to its adaptability as a garden plant.
- Seasonal Interest: With flowers in the warmer months and attractive seed heads in the autumn, it provides interest throughout multiple seasons.
- 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
- Artistic Inspiration: Clematis Vicki's striking colors can provide inspiration to artists and photographers, serving as a subject for paintings, drawings, and nature photography.
- Garden Structures: When in bloom, Clematis Vicki can add a vibrant touch to archways, trellises, or pergolas, enhancing garden designs and outdoor living spaces.
- Educational Tool: Horticulturalists and educators can use Clematis Vicki to teach about plant growth habits, pollination, pruning techniques, and vine training.
- Fabric Dye: The petals of Clematis Vicki could potentially be used in the production of natural dyes for textiles, providing soft hues to fabrics.
- Wedding Decor: Fresh or dried, Clematis Vicki flowers can be incorporated into wedding bouquets, centerpieces, and venue decorations for their beauty and elegance.
- Culinary Presentation: Although not edible, the blossoms can be used to adorn and enhance the presentation of plates in high-end culinary establishments.
- Craft Projects: The stems and flowers of Clematis Vicki can be incorporated into various craft projects, like creating floral wreaths and other decorative items.
- Screening: Clematis Vicki can be used to create living screens that provide privacy in gardens while adding a floral element to the space.
- Photography Projects: The plant's aesthetically pleasing appearance makes it a great subject for macro photography and botanical studies.
- Companion Planting: Gardeners can use Clematis Vicki in companion planting schemes to complement roses and other garden flowers, creating visually appealing combinations.
- 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: Clematis are known for their clever climbing abilities, using tendrils to ascend. Clematis Vicki symbolizes the intelligence and adaptability needed to rise and thrive.
- Mental Beauty: With its enchanting flowers, this plant often represents the beauty of the mind or cleverness, denoting intellectual attractions over just the physical.
- Artifice: As clematis can delicately wrap around structures, it may symbolize artifice in the sense of skillfully constructed beauty or strategic growth.
- Traveler's Joy: In the language of flowers, clematis has been called Traveler's Joy, implying a love of adventure and exploration, perhaps due to the plant's exploratory growth habit.
The Clematis Vicki, commonly known as Clematis 'Vicki', should be watered regularly to maintain evenly moist soil, especially during the growing season. Initially, after planting, water the Clematis 'Vicki' deeply once or twice a week, ensuring you provide about 1 gallon per plant for each watering session to establish a strong root system. Cut back on watering as the plant becomes established, aiming for about 1 gallon per week. During hot and dry periods, increase the frequency to ensure the soil does not dry out completely. In winter, reduce watering as the plant's water requirements decrease.
Clematis 'Vicki' thrives best in a location that receives full sun to partial shade. Ideally, the plant's feet should be kept in a slightly shaded area while its foliage and flowers are exposed to sunlight. This Clematis variety performs well when it gets at least 6 hours of sunlight a day, but be mindful to protect it from the harsh afternoon sun in very hot climates, which could lead to foliage scorch.
Clematis 'Vicki' can tolerate a wide range of temperature conditions, but it prefers to be grown in an environment where the temperature is between 55°F and 75°F. This plant is hardy and can survive winter temperatures as low as -40°F, assuming it's properly mulched and cared for, and can endure summer highs up to 85°F. However, to maintain optimal health and flowering, avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures for prolonged periods.
Pruning is essential for Clematis 'Vicki' to encourage strong growth and flowering. This variety should be lightly pruned in late winter or early spring, before the onset of new growth, by cutting back weak or dead stems to just above a pair of healthy buds. Since it's a Group 2 Clematis, it may also benefit from a second, light pruning after the initial flush of flowers to tidy the plant and potentially encourage a second bloom period. Pruning not only shapes the plant but also stimulates new growth and enhances the flower display for the coming season.
Clematis Vicki, a type of Clematis, thrives best in well-draining, moisture-retentive soil with a pH of around 6.5. An ideal mix would be loamy garden soil, compost, and well-rotted manure to provide necessary nutrients.
Clematis Vicki should be repotted every 2-3 years or when it has outgrown its current pot.
- Humidity & Misting
Clematis Vicki prefers a moderate humidity level, mimicking outdoor garden conditions, but does not require specific humidity adjustments.
- Suitable locations
Ensure bright indirect light and some support for climbing.
Plant in fertile, well-drained soil with partial shade.
- Life cycle
Clematis 'Vicki' commences its life as a dormant bare root or small potted nursery plant, typically planted in spring or autumn. After planting, the plant enters a vegetative growth stage, developing long trailing vines and leaves, which will require support to climb. During late spring or early summer, it transitions into the blooming stage, showcasing abundant pastel pink flowers with a prominent central tuft of stamens that attract pollinators to the garden. Post flowering, the plant may enter a second growth spurt, producing new vines that may bloom later in the season. Seed pods form after successful pollination, potentially leading to the spread of seeds if not deadheaded. As temperatures drop towards winter, Clematis 'Vicki' enters dormancy, with above-ground parts dying back, while the root system remains alive to restart the growth cycle the following spring.
The Clematis 'Vicki', classified as 'Evipo114' (EL), is typically propagated through the method of layering, usually done in the spring or early summer. In this technique, a section of a healthy, flexible vine is chosen and gently bent towards the ground. A shallow trench is then dug and part of the vine is buried, leaving the tip exposed. The buried section can be secured in place with a u-shaped pin or a heavy object. Where the vine contacts the soil, the gardener should lightly scrape or wound the outer layer to encourage root initiation. Careful attention should then be provided by maintaining moist soil conditions without overwatering. After a period of several months, the new plant will develop roots at the buried node, which can then be cut from the parent plant and transplanted to a desired location.