Clematis viticella Abundance

Abundance clematis

Clematis viticella 'Abundance' is one of the most popular of the vigorous climbing clematis varieties, and a well-established garden favourite.

'Abundance' freely produces beautiful reddish-pink, semi nodding flowers with deeply veined petals giving a textured appearance with a deep purple-red stripe/bar and green-yellow centres from July to September.

Clematis viticella 'Abundance' was believed to have been originally hybridized by Francisque Morel of Lyon, France, before the First World War, and was subsequently given to William Robinson at Gravetye Manor. It was eventually passed on to George Jackman and Son and they named and introduced it. It was originally known as 'Purple Abundance', but this became simplified to 'Abundance'.

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How to grow

This stunning, non-evergreen climber can be grown against a trellis, garden fence, wall, arches, pillars, pergolas, clambering over tree stumps or through large shrubs in the flower border.

It should be hard-pruned after initial flowering, and you may then be rewarded with a further burst of flowers.

'Abundance' has a good climate range, tolerating both very cold winters and warm humid summer weather.

Abundance characteristics


  • Flowering time: Late summer
  • Useful for: Screening
  • Gardening skill: Beginner
  • Flowering duration: Long
  • Height after 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Climbing Sprawling
  • Light requirement: Tolerates shade Prefers full sun
  • Pruning: Prune hard


  • Disease resistance: Good


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates Mild damp climates Warm climates
  • Cold hardiness (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (4) -30F / -34C


  • Country of origin: France
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Flower colour: Red
  • Flowering month: July August September
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous