Clematis Piilu or Little Duckling
Clematis Piilu, Sugar Creek Gardens fence

Clematis Piilu or Little Duckling

Considered by many as one of, if not the heaviest-blooming Clematis around, with 4″ flowers continually from May right through October. The pale purple-pink petals are patterned with a broad dark-pink central streak. The early flowers are double while the later ones are single. Another outstanding characteristic, Piilu blooms from the top of the plant all the way down to the bottom, unlike others which leave the bottom bare. Grows 72″ tall, 15″ wide.

A member of pruning group 2. In early spring prune off dead or spindly wood, careful not to prune off old good wood or early flowers will be lost. Prune again right after first flush of blooms to encourage second bloom. Prune back some stems one-third to one-half by cutting to large buds or a strong side shoot immediately below the spent blooms.

 

Additional Information

Botanical Name

Clematis Little Duckling, Clematis Piilu

Common Name

Clematis

Bloom Color

Pink

Bloom Time

Late Spring, Summer, Fall

Foliage Color

Green

Light Requirements

Part Shade, Sun

Height

72″

Width

15″

Uses

Arbor, Beds, Containers, Cut Flower, Long Blooming, Trellis

Soil

Average, Fertile

Water Needs

Average, Consistent

Zone

4-8

Plant Type

Vine

Clematis Growing Tips

Most clematis prefer full sun or light shade, although there are many that prefer more shade. Clematis need cool roots that are shaded. Plant a small shrub or large perennial directly in front of it to shade roots. A thick layer of mulch will also help to keep the soil moist. This vine prefers to be grown in moist, well-drained soil. Plant Clematis 3″ deeper than it was in the original pot. Bury the first set of entire leaves to encourage the production of strong shoots from below soil level and to discourage clematis wilt. PRUNING GROUP 1 Clematis that bloom on previous year’s wood. For this group no regular pruning is required. If pruning is necessary, prune immediately after flowering. PRUNING GROUP 2 Clematis that bloom on previous year’s wood, then again on new wood. Prune in late winter or early spring. Remove dead or weak stems before growth begins. Check individual stems from the top down until you reach a pair of healthy buds, and prune just above them, removing the spindly or damaged growth above, avoiding heavy pruning or flowers will be lost. Then prune again after the first flush of flowers. To encourage a second flush of flowers later in the season prune back some stems one-third to one-half by cutting to large buds or a strong side shoot immediately below the blooms. Top-heavy or overgrown plants can be gradually reduced over two to three seasons by pruning back harder after the first flush of flowers. They are unlikely to produce a second flush of flowers, but should flower again the following year. PRUNING GROUP 3 Clematis that bloom on new wood. Prune in late winter or early spring when buds show signs of growth. Prune to 6″-1′ above soil level to the first pair of healthy buds.