Common Name: Viticella Group clematis
Skill Level: Experienced
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry
Time to prune: February to March
Flowering period: July to October
Raised in the 1930s, 'Abundance' is a late-flowering clematis with small, wine-red flowers which appear from mid-summer to early autumn.
It is a member of the viticella group of clematis and as such it shows good resistance to clematis wilt.
As with all the late-flowering clematis, pruning is easy. Simply cut back the stems to a pair of strong buds 15-20cm (6-8in) above ground level before growth begins in early spring.
This pruning technique makes late-flowering clematis useful for training into shrubs, trees and climbing roses as the clematis growth is removed each spring and so never becomes too much of a burden on its supporting plant.
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