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botanical name:
Clematis 'Blue Bird'
Clematis 'Blue Bird' © Deeproot Plant Base
synonyms:  Clematis macropetala 'Blue Bird'
family:  Ranunculaceae
characteristics: climber
height: 2.40m
width: 1.20m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: climber
leaf colour: green
flower colour: light blue
fruit colour: silver
stem/bark: maroon
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: alkaline
minimum temp: -35°C
USDA zone: 4 to 9
Early flowering climber with thin dark reddish stems and attractive divided, toothed, mid-green leaves. Solitary semi-double lavender-blue flowers with cream centres from spring to early summer, produced on previous year's growth. Silvery seed heads follow.

Moist, but well-drained soil in sun or semi-shade. Very hardy. All clematis prefer alkaline soil but will normally tolerate other soil types. Requires regular supply of moisture.
When planting, make the hole deeper than usual, as a precaution against Clematis wilt.
Prune lightly after flowering.

other notes:
Atragene Group, macropetala hybrid
Raised by Dr. F.L. Skinner, Canada, 1962.

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