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Plant Profile: ‘Rebecca’ Clematis (Clematis ‘Evipo016)

A vine with huge red flowers is surely to be treasured. ‘Rebecca’, like other clematis, is easy to grow and makes a stunning display of 6-7 inch deep red flowers on an attractive free flowering vine 6-8 feet tall in late spring and early summer, sometimes again in August. ‘Rebecca’ is very floriferous but don’t expect scarlet colored flowers as promised by some nurseries; red tending towards magenta with creamy yellow centers is more accurate. It was featured at Chelsea in 2008 and has been a popular choice since then. ‘Rebecca’ belongs to group 2 (B) and so is easy to prune.

 Type: Flowering deciduous vine

Bloom: Deep red flowers 6-7 inches across with creamy yellow centers.

Foliage: Dark-green deciduous leaves

Size: 6-8’ H

Light: Full sun

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained

Fertilizer: Apply balanced slow release fertilizer in spring

Hardiness: Zones 4-9

Care: In late winter or early spring before the vine leafs out cut back to highest pair of healthy buds and remove all dead and weak stems; mulch to protect roots from drying out and both cold and heat; apply a cup full of lime in spring.

Pests and Diseases: Clematis wilt, powdery mildew, aphids, slugs, earwigs, rabbits, mice

Propagation: Cuttings in May or June (difficult process)

Companion plants: Climbing roses; daylilies.

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