Clematis Albina Plena. Atragene group

Clematis ‘Albina Plena’

Categories: Atragene group, white clematis, 1 pruning group, winter-hardy, double-flowered

The variety of Clematis atragene ‘Albina Plena’ (it may also be incorrectly called “Alba Plena”, and in English-language literature the name Albino Pride is found) was obtained by the Swedish breeder Magnus Johnson in 1982. It is a second-generation hybrid from a cross between Clematis sibirica (Clematis sibirica) and Clematis faureri (Clematis faureri). ‘Albina Plena’ is probably the most famous and very valuable variety of Magnus Johnson’s selection. By the way, the name ‘Albina Plena’ is considered illegitimate from the point of view of international agreements, but almost everywhere in the world this variety is called this way.

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Group Atragene
Pruning Group 1 (no pruning)
Height 9.8…13.1 ft (3…4 m)
Blossoms around 2.8 in (7 cm) in diameter, double
Blossom Color white
Blooming April-May
Winter Hardiness Zones 3-9


Clematis ‘Albina Plena’ forms shoots up to 4 meters long. The shoots can be held on supports, but they cling weakly.

Clematis blooms in April and May on the shoots of the last year very abundantly, and then not abundantly but for a long time – on the shoots of the current year. The flowers are terry, small, about 7 cm across. Sepals are many, they are elongated-lanceolate in shape with a pointed tip. The color of the sepals is almost white. The stamens and staminodes are light yellow.

Starting in June, fluffy, light yellow-colored copulas appear and develop on the shoots. They are also very decorative.


Clematis ‘Albina Plena’ planting and care

Like all atragene clematis ‘Albina Plena’ is very unpretentious, winter-hardy and easy to grow. For its planting suitable for almost any non-saline and not very heavy soil with a pH of about 5.5 to 8. It perfectly winters in the conditions of the Moscow region, in the Leningrad region and even in Siberia. Does not need pruning – in spring you can only remove interfering and damaged shoots. Rarely gets sick, blooms abundantly, can grow as a ground cover – in general, an easy-to-care clematis variety for regions with cold winters.
An important point about pruning ‘Albina Plena’ clematis and all Atragene and Tangutica clematis is that they must not be cut short. They practically do not form buds on perennial woody shoots. For this reason, it is better to carry out even shaping pruning in spring, so that you can see that there are still some shoots with live buds on the plant.


  • Anchorage, Alaska: Clematis ‘Albina Plena’ is one of the few clematis that the author says grows well in Alaska. None of the large-flowered clematis have outlived the author, while various clematis of the Atragene group, including ‘Albina Plena’, grow quite well and do not even require shelter. Some of the shoots seem to die or dry out each year due to winter winds, but other buds remain and the reviewer gets beautiful blooms on his fence each year.
  • Wisconsin: the reviewer notes that ‘Albina Plena’ is a very beautiful clematis and needs no pruning and almost no care. Also, the author does not recommend cutting it back in the fall because if you cut it short, in the old perennial shoots, new buds do not appear. The blooms are beautiful; the author smells almost no odor.
  • North Dakota:I have 2 clematis of this species: ‘Albina Plena’ and another new yellow one called ‘Lemon Dream’. I don’t know which one I like better, but I’ve had ‘Albina Plena’ for a long time and so it has grown much more vigorously.
  • Ireland, near Dublin: the clematis ‘Albina Plena’ was bought a long time ago, about 8 years ago, and by now it has grown to a length above a high fence. Of all the clematis the author has, this one is the most unpretentious and requires no pruning.

If you too have grown clematis ‘Albina Plena’, please leave your feedback in the comments to the article – it will help other readers of the site.

About the author

Fedor Fironov
Graduate of Plant Protection Faculty at GSAU. Main area of interest – clematis, peonies and perennials of Lamiaceae .

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