Clematis koreana Blue Eclipse

Clematis Blue Eclipse

This is a wonderfully elegant, non-evergreen climber which seems to be particularly attractive to bees and butterflies.

Clematis koreana 'Blue Eclipse' has the most delightful, small blue, cream-edged nodding bell-shaped flowers of a thick, fleshy texture, that are speckled with cream on the outside and have double cream centres.

The flowers are long lasting and freely produced during the spring, giving way to attractive silky seed heads. A second flowering may occur in August.

Clematis koreana 'Blue Eclipse' was raised and introduced by Vince and Sylvia Denny, England, in 1987.

How to grow

‘Blue Eclipse’ is an undemanding, easy to grow climber, which does not need pruning.

It is cold hardy and will thrive in any aspect, even when planted against an east or north-facing wall.


Blue Eclipse characteristics

Growing

  • Flowering time: Spring
  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Seed heads / pods
  • Useful for: Screening
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Flowering duration: Long
  • Height after 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Growth habit: Climbing
  • Spread after 10 years: Less than 1m / 3ft
  • Pruning: No need to prune

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (RHS): H4 (to -10C)
  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (8) 10F / -12C

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Flower colour: Blue
  • Flowering month: April May
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous