Clematis viticella ‘Abundance’, or also called Clematis ‘Abundance’ is a climber from the Viticella Group. Clematis viticella or Italian Leather Flower is native to Europe and was imported into English gardens as early as 1569 by Hugh Morgan, in England it was originally called Virgin’s Bower.
It is a deciduous climber that produces a large number of flowers in summer and fall. The flowers could have 4 to 6 petals and they are cherry red color, usually around 8cm or 3in wide. Clematis is a member of the Ranunculaceae family of plants.
Clematis viticella ‘Abundance’ is a vigorous grower that flowers on new growth each year, and easily trained. Plant Clematis viticella ‘Abundance’ in moist well-drained soil. Grow it in full sun or partial shade and as other Clematis keep the roots cool by placing mulch or rocks. Since it is a late flowering Clematis prune them early spring and prune them well usually to about 1ft or 30cm above ground.
Propagate Clematis viticella ‘Abundance’ by softwood cuttings in early summer or by layering in early spring. Watch out for slugs and snails or aphids and especially powdery mildew.