|Flowering Months||June - September|
|Spread & Height (feet)||6-8|
|Facing Aspect||North, South, East, West|
|Aspect||Any, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Sunny|
|Flower Diameter (Inches)||3-4|
|RHS Award Garden Merit||No|
|Suitable for pot growing||Yes|
The slightly reddy purple blooms have a hint of white at the base of each sepal and almost black anthers but on some soils can be more reddy in colour. The flowers stand out from the leaf of the plant on long flower stems that give it a very dainty appearance which would fool you into thinking it was tender or needing protection. Far from it, this is classified as a viticella type of clematis meaning it is hardy coping with temperatures into the 30's during summer and as low as -15 in the winter, so very tough indeed.
For this fantastic clematis life started back in 1997 when Masashi Iino took the two clematis florida 'Sieboldiana' and 'Rubra' from the group viticella and created a batch of seedlings. From these seedlings would emerge the plant that was to be called 'Night Veil'.
The plant was later registered by our late good friend Hiroshi Takeuchi from who we at Thorncroft got our first plants of Night Veil. It was subsequently launched by Thorncroft Clematis at the Hampton Court Flower Show and became a very popular plant for years to come.
In most UK gardens clematis 'Night Veil' will bloom from around the middle of June right through to the end of September and can make about 7-8 foot of growth during a year.
It is best to prune each spring to around a foot from the soil and remove all the dead growth from the previous year, this allows the plant to produce nice fresh new growth from low down.
Use 'Night Veil' inside an obelisk to provide height in a boarder, or against a pale coloured fence panel or wall. It is happy growing through other plants like wisteria or roses to provide interest after they have finished or to add a luxuriant deep velvety backdrop to pale roses. Avoid deep shade or a water logged soil situation.
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