Clematis varieties of the 3rd (third) pruning group

Clematis varieties of the third pruning group (strong pruning) belong to the Patens, Integrifolia and some other groups. Among them there are both large-flowered and small-flowered forms. They bloom on the shoots of the current year and usually quite late – not earlier than June. Except for the method of pruning, they have nothing in common – they are very different in appearance, winter resistance and cultivation peculiarities.


Clematis Abundance Abundance is a very old French variety of clematis with wine-red or purple-pink flowers. It is a high-growing and rather winter-hardy clematis with very abundant blooms.

  • Pruning Group: 3 (Strong)
  • Height: 8.2-13.1 feet (2.5-4 m)
  • Flowers: Medium-sized, lilac-pink
  • USDA Zone: 4-9


Clematis AVANT-GARDEA very unusual variety of clematis from the Viticella group, obtained quite by accident. Flowers are small, but there are a lot of them. The variety is frost-resistant, unpretentious, quite resistant to wilting.

  • Height: Up to 9.8 feet (3 m)
  • Flowers: Small, with 4-6 red sepals and pink staminodes
  • Blooming: From July to October
  • USDA Zone: 4-9

Alba Luxurians

Clematis Alba Luxurians
‘Alba Luxurians’ is a variety of clematis from the Viticella group with unusual white-green flowers. The green part may be very small, or it may occupy half of the sepal.

  • Pruning group: 3 (strong pruning)
  • Height: 8.2-9.8 ft (2.5-3 m)
  • Flowers: Medium-sized, with 4 white curved tepals
  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9


Clematis Allanah
“Allanah” – a variety of New Zealand selection, by now one of the reddest on the market. It winters well in the northern United States, but unfortunately does not bloom very abundantly.

  • Height: 6.6-9.8 feet (2-3 m)
  • Flowers: Large, purple-red
  • USDA Zone: 4-9


Clematis Alionushka
‘Alyonushka’ – one of the most popular bush varieties of clematis. The variety is very winter-hardy, unpretentious and abundantly flowering, but the plants require support (although they do not cling). It grows and winters well in all U.S. states, as well as in Canada. In warmer countries it has no problems at all.

  • Pruning Group: 3 (Heavy)
  • Height: 4.9 feet to 6.6 feet (1.5-2 m)
  • Flower Size: Approximately 2-2.4 inches (5-6 cm), bell-shaped
  • Flower Color: Pinkish-lavender
  • USDA Zone: 4-9

Anastasia Anisimova

Clematis Anastasia Anisimova
Clematis ‘Anastasia Anisimova’ turned out to be very harmonious. Not very large white-blue flowers, modest flowering, general unpretentiousness and good wintering even in the northern states of the USA and the countries of Northern Europe

  • Pruning Group: 3 (Heavy Pruning)
  • Height: 4.9 feet to 6.6 feet (1.5-2 m)
  • Flowers: Large, flat purple with a purplish stripe down the middle
  • USDA Zone: 4-9


Clematis Anita
‘Anita’ is a variety of clematis obtained as a result of crossing Clemati tangutica and subspecies of Clematis potaninii. It is very similar to the usual Tangut clematis, but its flowers are white.

  • Height: 6.6 to 16.4 feet (2-5 m)
  • Flowers: Double, with a diameter of 1.2 to 1.6 inches (3-4 cm), white
  • USDA Zone: 3-9


Clematis Arabella
Arabella is a wonderful variety of whole-leaved clematis with blue-purple flowers. Very fast-growing, healthy, winter-hardy variety with long flowering.

  • Group: Integrifolia
  • Height: 4.9 to 6.6 feet (1.5-2 meters)
  • Flower Size: About 2 to 2.4 inches (5-6 cm), flat
  • Flower Color: Blue-violet
  • Blooming Period: June-September
  • USDA Zone: 4-9

Astra Nova

Clematis Astra Nova‘Astra Nova’ is a brand new variety of clematis with unusual white-purple flowers. According to the manufacturer’s description, it is completely winter-hardy (USDA 6). However, there are chances that under a good shelter it will not only survive, but also save shoots for fast growth and timely flowering.

  • Height: Up to 8.2 feet (up to 2.5 meters)
  • Flower Size: Medium, with 6 white-violet tepals
  • Blooming Period: July-September
  • USDA Zone: 6-9


Clematis Aureolin
‘Aureolin’ is a variety of Clematis tangutica, very similar to the original species form. It is winter-hardy, has abundant long blooming, grows very quickly, but its shoots are so long that it makes sense to plant it only near fences.

  • Height: 13.1–16.4 feet (4–5 meters)
  • Flower Size: Small with 4 tepals, yellow
  • USDA Zone: 4-9


Clematis Ashva‘Ashva’ is a variety of Baltic selection with large purple-purple flowers. It is quite winter-hardy and therefore perfectly suitable for the Moscow region and even more northern regions.

  • Height: 4.9–6.6 feet (1.5–2 meters)
  • Flowers: Large, flat, violet with a purple stripe down the middle
  • USDA Zone: 4-9

Black Prince

Clematis Black Prince‘Black Prince’ is a variety of clematis of the Viticella group. It is undemanding, winter-hardy, with unusual, very dark flowers. It is not very common.

  • Height: 9.8–13.1 feet (3–4 meters)
  • Flowers: Medium-sized, with 4 sepals
  • Flower Color: Dark violet
  • USDA Zone: 4-9


Clematis Copernicus
“Copernicus” is a new Polish variety of clematis. It differs from many other varieties with purple flowers by two things: the combination of the third pruning group with terry flowers and the short length of the stems.

  • Pruning Group – 3
  • Height – 4.9-6.6 feet (1.5-2 meters)
  • Flowers – Flat, up to 4.7 inches (12 cm) in diameter, semi-double, lilac-colored
  • Blooming Period – from June to September
  • USDA Hardiness Zones – 4-9


Gizela ClematisClematis ‘Gisela’ is very low growing and not well known in the US. The flowers look similar to ‘Warszawska Nike’, but in many photos they are more purple.

  • Pruning Group: 3
  • Height: Up to 3.3 feet (1 meter)
  • Flowers: Large, about 3.9 inches (10 cm) in diameter, with dark violet-red sepals
  • Blooming: From July to the end of August
  • USDA Zone: 4-9

Golden Tiara

Clematis‘Golden Tiara’ is one of the most unusual varieties of the Tangutica group. Unlike the species clematis Tangutica and many varieties, it does not grow as strong – shoots rarely reach a length of 3 meters.

  • Pruning Group: 3
  • Height: 8.2-9.8 feet (2.5-3 meters)
  • Flowers: Small, yellow, with dark stamens
  • USDA Zone: 4-9

Gravetye Beauty

Clematis Gravetye Beauty‘Gravitye Beauty’ is a variety of clematis of the Texensis group, characterized by the rich red color of the sepals, which is quite rare in clematis. It is quite cold hardy and thanks to its short pruning it winters well in the simplest shelters.

  • Height: 6.6-13.1 feet (2-4 meters)
  • Flowers: Medium-sized, up to 3.5 inches (9 cm) in diameter, with dark-red sepals
  • Blooming Period: From July to the end of August
  • USDA Zone: 5-9


Clematis DanutaClematis ‘Danuta’ is abundantly flowering, non-holiness and winter-hardy. Very similar to ‘Comtesse de Bouchaud’, but blooms on shoots of the current year.

  • Height: 6.6-11.5 feet (2-3.5 meters)
  • Flowers: Large, flat with 6 sepals
  • Flower Color: Pink
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-9


Clematis JackmaniiClematis ‘Jackmani’ is a very old and very popular variety that winters well in almost all regions of the United States and produces very abundant blooms.

  • Height: 9.8-13.1 feet (3-4 meters)
  • Flowers: Large, up to 5.9 inches (15 cm) in diameter, with 4-6 violet sepals
  • Blooming Period: From July to October
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-9

Gipsy Queen

Clematis Gipsy Queen
‘Gipsy Queen’ is an old but hardy, abundant-flowering clematis variety with rather late blooming. If you have a warm autumn in your region, it can bloom throughout September and sometimes even into October.

  • Height: 3 to 4 meters (approximately 9.8 to 13.1 feet)
  • Flowers: Large, up to 16 cm in diameter, with violet sepals
  • Blooming Period: From July to October
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-9


Clematis Diana
Diana is an unpretentious winter-hardy variety of Estonian selection. It is cut short, blooms only on the shoots of the current year, starting in July. A good choice for Michigan and other northern US states, as well as northern European countries.

  • Group: Late-flowering large-flowered clematis
  • Height: 2 to 2.5 meters (approximately 6.6 to 8.2 feet)
  • Flower Size: Up to 22 cm in diameter
  • Blooming Period: July to September
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-9

Dorothy Walton

Clematis Dorothy Walton
An excellent clematis with an interesting sepal shape. The color of sepals is not always rich, but it looks interesting in combination with white clematis or roses.

  • Group: Late-Flowering Large-Flowered Clematis
  • Pruning Group: 3 (hard pruning)
  • Height: 3 to 4 meters (approximately 9.8 to 13.1 feet)
  • Flower Description: Simple flowers with 6 to 8 tepals, approximately 10 to 15 cm in diameter, lilac to violet in color
  • Blooming Period: July to September
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-9

Hagley Hybrid

Clematis Hagley Hybrid
‘Hagley Hybrid’ is winter hardy, blooms on the shoots of the current year and therefore quite popular in the U.S., although in recent years it has been slightly crowded out by new varieties.

  • Pruning Group: 3 (hard pruning)
  • Height: 8.2 to 9.8 feet (2.5 to 3 meters)
  • Flower Size: About 3.9 to 5.9 inches (10 to 15 cm), flat flowers with 6 sepals
  • Flower Color: Pink-lilac
  • Blooming Period: August to October
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-9

Heather Hershell

Clematis Heather Hershell
‘Heather Hershell’ – Variegated clematis variety with small pink bell-shaped flowers. relatively low-growing, blooms from July to September, very profusely when grown in a well-lit area. It is considered easy and is often recommended for beginners.

  • Height: 3.9 feet (1.2 meters)
  • Flowers: Bell-shaped, 1.6 to 2 inches (4 to 5 cm) in diameter, pink with yellow stamens
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-9

Kardynal Wyszynski

Clematis Kardynal Wyszynski
‘Kardynal Vyshinsky’ – quite winter-hardy large-flowered variety of clematis with purplish-pink flowers that can burn out in bright sun. It is a good choice for Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota

  • Pruning Group: 3 (hard pruning)
  • Height: 2.5 to 3 meters (approximately 8.2 to 9.8 feet)
  • Flower Description: Large flowers, 14 to 20 cm in diameter, simple, in a purplish-pink color
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-9

Princess Kate (ZOPRIKA)

Clematis Princess Kate
Clematis ‘Princess Kate’ belongs to the texensis group. It is a fairly heat-loving and not frost-resistant clematis and is excellent for many US states as well as the UK, but not suitable for Canada.

  • Pruning group: 3 (strong pruning)
  • Height: 10-13 ft (3-4 m)
  • Flowers: Small and medium-sized, up to 6 cm, single
  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 7-9

Purpurea Plena Elegans

Clematis Purpurea Plena ElegansAn old French variety of the clematis from pruning group 3, very hardy and abundantly flowering.

  • Pruning Group: 3;
  • Height: up to 13 feet (4 meters);
  • Flowers: medium-sized, double, raspberry-purple colored;
  • Blooming: from July until the frosts;
  • Frost Resistance Zones: 4-9;


Clematis Romantica
Romantica is a rather old variety of Estonian breeder Uno Kivistica. Excellent clematis, winter-hardy, unpretentious, easy to grow, with expressive dark flowers, which are sometimes almost black.

  • Pruning Group – 3
  • Height – 8.2-9.8 feet (2.5-3 meters)
  • Flowers – Medium and large, up to 5.9 inches (15 cm) in diameter, with dark purple sepals
  • Blooming Period – from July until the first frost
  • USDA Hardiness Zones – 4-9


Clematis triternata Rubromarginata
Clematis Rubromarginata belongs to the Flammula group. It is a fast-growing, abundantly flowering and rather spectacular small-flowered clematis, but it is not very winter-hardy.

  • Pruning group: 3 (strong pruning)
  • Height: up to 16 ft (5m)
  • Flowers: small, with 4 sepals, white base and pink margin
  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9

Rouge Cardinal

Clematis Rouge Cardinal‘Rouge Cardinal’ is one of the most popular clematis varieties in USA. It is a variety of the third pruning group, relatively winter-hardy, but poorly tolerant of overflow. At first it grows slowly, but after a couple of years after planting, it starts to gain mass very intensively.

  • Height – up to 9.8 feet (3 meters)
  • Flowers – large, 3.9 to 5.9 inches (10 to 15 cm) in diameter, dark red
  • Blooming Period – from July to September
  • USDA Hardiness Zones – 4-9

Sinee Plamya (Blue Flame)

Clematis Sinee Plamya (Blue Flame)‘Sinee Plamya’ is an excellent variety of Soviet selection, winter-hardy, easy to grow with sometimes interesting coloring of flowers, but quite rare. Most often it is bought from collectors.

  • Pruning Group – 3
  • Height – 9.8-13.1 feet (3-4 meters)
  • Flowers – Large, up to 5.9 inches (15 cm) in diameter, with dark purple, almost blue sepals
  • Blooming Period – from July to September
  • USDA Hardiness Zones – 4-9


Clematis Taiga
Taiga is one of the most popular clematis varieties, while not quite suitable for the climate of the northern states. Absolutely gorgeous purple flowers, but winter hardiness zones 7-9, must be very carefully covered.

  • Height – 6.6 to 8.2 feet (2 to 2.5 meters)
  • Flowers – double, up to 6.3 inches (16 cm) in diameter, violet with a greenish tint
  • USDA Hardiness Zones – 7-9


Clematis Utopia
‘Utopia’ is a variety of Japanese selection, despite its origin rather winter-hardy. Very variable color of flowers, long summer blooming.

  • Group: Late-flowering large-flowered clematis
  • Pruning Group: 3 (hard pruning)
  • Height – 8.2 to 9.8 feet (2.5 to 3 meters)
  • Flowers – up to 5.9 inches (15 cm) in diameter, simple, with 6 sepals
  • Flower Color – ranging from white to lilac
  • Blooming Period: June-July, with a second bloom in August
  • USDA Hardiness Zones – 5-9

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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