Clematis viticella Little Nell

Little Nell clematis

Clematis viticella 'Little Nell' is a non-evergreen climber with single, semi-nodding, pale creamy-white flowers with distinctive mauvish-pink margins, veins and greenish-yellow centres from July to September.

Clematis viticella 'Little Nell' was obtained from Francisque Morel of Lyon by William Robinson in 1915 and named after the wife of Ernest Markham, Robinson's head gardener.

How to grow

This pretty climber would look lovely grown through small to medium-sized trees and large shrubs or grown up a trellis, garden fence or wall.

Little Nell characteristics


  • Height after 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft


  • 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)
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous