Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Clematis viticella L.

Fully hardy, deciduous, semi-woody climber with small, solitary, open bell-shaped, blue, purple or rose-red flowers, to 4cm across, in summer and autumn.  To 4m.  There are many garden varieties.  [RHSE, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘A very ornamental climber, and its flowers sweet-scented.  Though well known to our older Botanists, and cultivated as long ago as the year 1569, by Mr. Hugh Morgan, it is by no means common: the double variety is more so; but this in our opinion, though preferred by Miller, is not so handsome as either of the single red or purple varieties.’  [BM t.565/1802].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.326/1843].


Published Mar 05, 2010 - 10:30 AM | Last updated Jul 29, 2010 - 05:53 PM

Figured is a climber with 3-palmate leaves and small clusters of single purple flowers. Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.565, 1802.

Clematis viticella L. | BM t.565/1802 | BHL

Family Ranunculaceae
Region of origin

Southern Europe

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Clematis viticella 

Confidence level high