Italian Clematis Clematis viticella 'Flore Pleno' (Vt/d)

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


Clematis viticella 'Flore Pleno', often known simply as Italian Clematis, is a captivating climbing plant, prized for its stunning double flowers. These blooms are richly layered, boasting numerous petals that create a plush and intricate appearance. In full bloom, the Italian Clematis displays a tapestry of royal purple flowers, each dotted with lighter, almost silver-toned streaks, giving the blossoms a vibrant yet delicate contrast. The petals have a velvety texture, adding to the luxurious feel of the plant. Apart from its mesmerizing flowers, the Italian Clematis has a gracious habit of twining and clambering over structures and supports. The leaves are deeply green, providing a lush backdrop for the floral exhibit. They are usually divided into leaflets and spread out, creating a dense screen of foliage. As a hardy climber, the Italian Clematis adds vertical interest to gardens, and when in full flower, it can transform any supporting structure into a cascade of color. The overall impression of the Italian Clematis 'Flore Pleno' is one of opulent beauty, comprising of a harmonious blend of vivid blossoms and verdant foliage, capable of enchanting any onlooker.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Italian Clematis, Virgin's Bower.

    • Common names

      Clematis viticella 'Flore Pleno'.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters)

    • Spread

      2-4 feet (0.6-1.2 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Southern Europe


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: The plant adds beauty to gardens with its attractive, double and multi-petaled deep violet flowers.
    • Pollinator Attraction: It attracts a variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies, which is beneficial for plant biodiversity.
    • Versatility in Landscaping: Clematis viticella 'Flore Pleno' can be trained to climb trellises, fences, and arbors, offering flexible design options for gardeners.
    • Easy Pruning: As a group 3 Clematis, it can be easily pruned back hard in late winter or early spring, which simplifies maintenance.
    • Long Blooming Period: The plant has a long flowering season, often blooming from early to late summer, providing extended visual interest.
    • Resistance to Clematis Wilt: This species is known to have better resistance to Clematis wilt compared to many other varieties, reducing the need for plant healthcare.

  • 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 viticella 'Flore Pleno' can be used in crafting and jewelry making, where its dried flowers are incorporated into unique, botanical-themed creations.
    • In garden design, this plant can serve as inspiration for color schemes and textures due to its intricate double flowers.
    • Its strong, flexible stems can be woven into small trellises or plant supports for other garden plants.
    • The plant's climbing nature can be utilized to create living curtains or privacy screens on balconies and patios.
    • Artists can take advantage of the intricate beauty of Clematis viticella by using it as a subject for botanical drawings and watercolor paintings.
    • The vine can be trained to grow over unattractive garden features, such as compost bins or utility boxes, camouflaging them with its foliage and blooms.
    • The vibrant purple flowers can be used to dye textiles or for natural pigment extraction, giving fabrics and artworks soft, violet hues.
    • Clematis viticella 'Flore Pleno' serves as a source of inspiration for interior design, influencing floral patterns in wallpaper, textiles, and home decor.
    • Its dried seed heads are sometimes used in floral arrangements, wreaths, and potpourri mixes for an added textural element.
    • Photographers often use Clematis viticella as a model for practicing macro photography techniques due to the detailed structure of its flowers.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Italian Clematis is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Italian Clematis is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Ingeniousness: Clematis varieties, including 'Flore Pleno', often symbolize intellectual creativity due to their intricate and carefully structured flowers.
    • Mental Beauty: The exquisite blooms of the Clematis signify the beauty of the mind and spirit, embodying the idea that true beauty comes from within.
    • Artistic Inspiration: The artistic shape and form of Clematis 'Flore Pleno' flowers are reminiscent of creativity, inspiring artists and thinkers with their complex petals.
    • Traveler's Joy: Clematis is sometimes known as "Traveler's Joy," suggesting adventure, the journey of life, and the happiness found in exploring the world.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-4 years
Spring-Early Summer
  • water dropWater

    The Italian Clematis should be watered deeply once a week, providing about 1 gallon of water per session during the growing season. Increase the frequency to twice a week during particularly hot or dry periods. Make sure the soil is well-drained and the water reaches deeply into the roots. Reduce watering in the fall and winter when the plant is dormant, adhering to a minimal watering schedule just enough to keep the soil from drying out completely.

  • sunLight

    Italian Clematis thrives in a location with full sun to partial shade. Ideally, place it where the flowering parts get at least 6 hours of sunlight but the roots are shaded, which could be achieved with low plantings or a mulch around the base. This vine prefers a spot where it can climb, such as on a trellis, fence, or pergola, as long as it meets its sun exposure requirements.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Italian Clematis does well in a temperature range between 50°F and 85°F. It can survive winter temperatures as low as 20°F, but the plant should be protected from harsh conditions. The optimal growing condition is a consistent temperature without extreme fluctuations during the active growing season.

  • scissorsPruning

    Italian Clematis should be pruned to promote healthy growth, maintain its shape, and enhance flowering. Prune lightly in the late winter or early spring to remove any dead or weak stems. After the first bloom, pruning can encourage a second flush of flowers. This variety, being in pruning group 3, benefits from being cut back hard to about a foot from the ground every year.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Italian Clematis requires a well-draining soil mix with a pH of 6.0 to 7.5. A mix containing loamy garden soil, compost, and a component like perlite or coarse sand is ideal to ensure proper drainage and aeration.

  • plantRepotting

    Italian Clematis does not require frequent repotting and can often be done every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its current container.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Italian Clematis prefers a moderate level of humidity but is quite adaptable and can tolerate the varying humidity levels typically found outdoors.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright indirect light and cool temperatures for Italian Clematis.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade, provide support, and mulch to keep roots cool for Italian Clematis.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Clematis viticella 'Flore Pleno', commonly known as Italian Clematis, starts its life as a dormant bare-root plant or from a seed. Upon planting, it enters a germination stage, where roots establish and shoots emerge, usually in early spring. It transitions into a vegetative growth phase, developing a robust vine with distinct, compound leaves through the late spring and summer. Throughout the summer months, the plant blossoms and produces ornate, double flowers that do not bear seeds due to their double-flower nature. After the flowering period, it enters senescence in autumn where above-ground growth dies back, while the root system remains alive over winter. Each subsequent spring, the plant regrows from the established root system, repeating its lifecycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method of propagation for Clematis viticella 'Flore Pleno', also known as Italian Clematis, is by softwood cuttings. This is typically done in late spring or early summer when the plant's new growth is semi-ripe and flexible. Cut a section of stem about 4 to 6 inches (approximately 10 to 15 centimeters) long, just below a node, from a healthy plant. Remove the lower leaves, dip the cut end in rooting hormone, and plant it in a pot filled with a mixture of peat and perlite or a similar rooting medium. The pot should then be placed in a warm, humid environment, but not in direct sunlight, until roots have developed, after which it can be potted in regular soil.