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Problems With Clematis Armandii


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Armand clematis (Clematis armandii) is an evergreen vine common in warm areas. This vigorous climber is covered in fragrant, white flowers in spring. There are a few care problems to consider before planting this vine.

Pruning

  • Clematis armandii has fragrant, white flowers.

    Clematis armandii blooms on old wood, so prune it after flowering in late spring but before mid-July. Extensive pruning is often necessary to thin out the plant’s interior.

Tree Roots

  • Armand clematis doesn’t compete well with large tree roots. Avoid planting it in flowerbeds under trees.

Cold Hardiness

  • Hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones 7b through 9, C. armandii can’t withstand temperatures below 5 degrees F. Plants killed to the ground sometimes recover in spring if the crown has been protected.

Drought

  • Armand clematis needs moist, well-drained soil. The plant is not drought tolerant and requires supplemental watering during dry spells.

Slugs

  • Slugs chew on clematis, so keep the area around the vine clear of plant debris. If you find telltale slug holes, bait the slugs by putting a board on the ground near the plant. The slugs seek shelter from daytime heat under the board and you can pick and destroy them.

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