Unveiling the Secrets of the Italian Clematis

Meet the Clematis viticella, a plant that's as charming as an Italian sonnet and as captivating as a Venetian sunset. Known by many names, including the Italian Leather Flower and the Purple Clematis, this plant is a true showstopper in any garden.

Clematis viticella

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

High Water Needs

Requires frequent watering but doesn't tolerate standing water. Needs regular attention.

Highly Adaptable to Various Soils

Thrives in clay, silt loam, or sand, showing great adaptability.

Moderately Adaptable Soil pH

Can thrive in multiple pH ranges.

Significant Safety Risks

Highly toxic if ingested, handle with extreme caution. Can cause skin irritation and highly toxic if ingested.

Safe for All Animals

No known safety risks to pets or livestock.


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About Clematis viticella

Standing tall between 10 to 15 feet, and spreading out 3 to 5 feet wide, the Italian Clematis is a sight to behold. Its emerald leaves provide a stunning contrast to its violet flowers that bloom pre-winter and during the peak season. While the plant does produce fruits, their color remains a mystery wrapped in an enigma.

Did you know that the Italian Clematis is a favorite among bumblebees, lepidopterans, and colorful hummingbirds? So, if you're looking to attract these beautiful creatures to your garden, this plant is a must-have!

Also known as

Italian clematis
Italian leather flower
Italian leather-flower
Italian virgin's-bower
Purple clematis


Despite its alluring beauty, the Italian Clematis is a toxic plant and is not edible.

Our design recommendations

The Italian Clematis is not just a pretty face. It's a versatile plant that can be used as a privacy screen, adding a touch of elegance and mystery to your garden. Its trailing nature makes it perfect for vertical gardens, stone walls, and even terraces. This plant is a versatile performer, thriving in planters, conservation land, terraces, stone walls, vertical gardens, and forests. So, whether you have a small urban garden or a sprawling rural landscape, the Italian Clematis can find a home.