Clematis viticella Kermesina

Kermesina clematis

Clematis viticella 'Kermesina' produces masses of lovely, small, deep wine-red flowers with dark purple centres from July to September.

This marvellous variety is rarely offered by garden centres because although it is very generous in flowering when established in a garden, it is shy to get going so rarely blooms in a pot.

Clematis viticella 'Kermesina' was raised by Victor Lemoine of Nancy, France.

How to grow

This 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.

Kermesina characteristics


  • Gardening skill: Beginner
  • Flowering duration: Long
  • Height after 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Climbing
  • Spread after 10 years: 1m-2m / 3ft-7ft


  • Cold hardiness (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (6) -10F / -23C


  • Country of origin: France
  • Flowering month: July August September
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous