Clematis Viva Polonia
Clematis 'Viva Polonia' photo courtesy of Proven Winners


Clematis 'Viva Polonia' gets its name because it shares the colours of the Polish flag. It is a large flowered clematis with red flowers accentuated with a white inner star. It flowers profusely in June and July and then again later in the season on new wood. It is the perfect clematis for an obelsik where its beautiful flowers will be visible from all sides. 

  • Height: 1.2-1.8 m (48-72 in)
  • Spread: 60-90 cm (24-36 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4
  • Sun or Shade: minimum six hours of sun
  • Bloom Time: early summer with realm
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: red

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Many gardening books tell you to plant clematis with their "head in the sun and their feet in the shade". The truth it that clematis will grow well in full sun but they need constant moisture. Shading the roots with mulch will help to maintain the moisture in the soil. Clematis also need an extensive root run so it is necessary to dig a large hole and amend it with lots of compost. Clematis 'Viva Polonia' flowers on both new and old wood so simply prune it back to actively growing buds at about 90 cm in the spring or just leave it to sprout and trim as desired.

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