Clematis texensis ‘Duchess of Albany’ is a cultivated variety, or cultivar, of Texas clematis. Duchess of Albany has large bell-shaped flowers that are deep rose in color and bluish-tinted leaves. This type of clematis is native to Texas and is known for its high drought and heat tolerance. The Duchess of Albany requires similar care to other types of clematis. But because this cultivar is considered a "late-flowering" type of clematis that flowers on the last 2 to 3 feet of the current year’s growth, you’ll need to prune the vine accordingly.
Plant the Duchess of Albany clematis in a location that has full sunlight with some dappled shade during the hottest part of the day. Clematis vines prefer soil that’s fertile, that has a neutral pH of about 7.0 and that’s well-draining. Ensure that there’s good air circulation around your clematis and provide a climbing support with thin wires or string. You can also transplant your Duchess of Albany clematis during the fall, late winter or early spring.
Beware of clematis wilt, a fungal disease that causes stem rot and leaf spots. Clematis wilt can kill a vine within just a few days, causing the stems and leaves to turn black, wilt and die. Cut away, remove and destroy or discard all the diseased parts of the Duchess of Albany clematis, which could include most of the above-ground plant parts. The clematis might grow back the next year if there are buds planted below ground.