Brother Stefan® Clematis sp.
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Who doesn't love blue in the garden?
Brother Stefan® clematis is one of the newest additions to our line of reliable, easy-to-grow clematis. Large, ruffled, blue flowers begin to appear in early summer and continue through mid to late summer. It's the perfect accent on a pretty trellis in your perennial garden, or covering a rail, arbor, or pergola.
Top reasons to grow Brother Stefan clematis:
- Rich blue flowers for months every summer.
- Easy care: just prune back to about 18" in early spring, when the new growth begins.
- Quickly covers vertical structures for a colorful accent.Long BloomingDeadheading Not NecessaryVine:Vine
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:60 - 84 InchesSpacing:48 - 72 InchesSpread:48 - 72 InchesFlower Colors:BlueFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:ClimbingContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).Maintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBlooms On:Old WoodBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Mid SummerHardiness Zones:4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9aWater Category:AverageNeeds Good DrainageUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Good for ScreeningUses:Specimen or Focal PointMaintenance Notes:
"Head in the sun, feet in the shade" - that's the old adage for success with clematis. They thrive when the vine itself gets plenty of sunshine, while the base of the plant and roots enjoy cool, shady conditions. You can accomplish this with mulch, by planting it where the root zone is sheltered by a neighboring shrub, or with some slate or rocks, which mimics how clematis grow in nature.
Brother Stefan is a summer bloomer on old wood and on new wood. In early spring, prune it back to about 3' (.9 m) high.Fun Facts:
Brother Stefan™ clematis is named for Stefan Franczak, a Jesuit monk and noted horticulturist in Poland who developed many excellent clematis varieties.Brother Stefan® Clematis sp. 'Stefan Franczak' USPP 27,664, Can PBRAF
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