Betty Corning Clematis
Clematis 'Betty Corning'
Description: Long-blooming, this easily grown clematis is resistant to clematis wilt. Named for famed plants woman, Elizabeth ’Betty’ Corning, who noticed it in the garden of a neighbor, secured a cutting, and saw to it that the plant was introduced to the world of horticulture.
Small, lightly fragrant lavender bells appear in June and bloom continuously into September. This cultivar flowers on new wood so pruning to control vigorous growth in late winter or early spring will not inhibit flowering. Site in good garden soil, with shade for the lower 1/4 of the plant to keep the root system cool, and provide support for the 6-8’ stems to climb on.
- Type/habit: Semi-woody climbing vine
- Key season and features of interest: Pale lilac flowers
- Flowering period: June – September
- Evergreen or deciduous: Deciduous
- Native? No
- Pollinator plant: Attracts insect pollinators
- Wildlife benefits: Shelter for wildlife
- Site/Condition tolerance: Drought tolerant
- Sun/Shade preference: Full sun to part shade
- Soil Condition reference: Cool, moist, acidic or neutral, loamy, well-drained soil with roots sited in cool shade and stems in the sun
- Low maintenance; some susceptibility to powdery mildew, leaf spots, rust, viruses, aphids, weevil, slugs, scale, earwigs
Growth Habit: Twining vine
Size (mature height and spread): 5-6’ tall by 2-4’ wide
Hardiness (USDA Zones): 4-9
Nativity: Hybrid origin
Suggested Uses: Trellis, fence, arbor or wall
Year of award: 2014