Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit
Bred in the Crimea in 1961 by A.H. Volosenko-Valensis and M. A. Beskaravajnaja this clematis is a very hardy plant indeed, meaning that it is popular across the whole of Europe and very much at home in an English garden.
'Alionushka' is classified as part of the Diversifolia family of clematis, these have been crossed between a climbing clematis and integrifolia, meaning that the leaf petiol (leaf stem) does not cling or wrap around things like they do on most other clematis. Therefore 'Alionushka' and other Diversifolia scramble around unless they are given a support and are trained onto it, for example an obelisk.
Another attribute that you will notice is the almost herbaceous nature of Alionushka, where the new shoots come from the crown or very lowest woody stems. In spring there is a profusion of new pink shoots at the base of the plant, quickly growing up to give a mass of lush new stems which will eventually reach as much as 5-7 feet depending on the soil type.
Pruning is best carried out in the mid spring each year, cutting all the stems down to around 4-8 inches from the soil, just above a new shoot. If you like to tidy the garden for winter, you can prune it back to around 3 feet in the late autumn once it is dormant to tidy it up but avoid cutting it too short particularly in harsher climates.
I have particularly fond memories of a plant of 'Alionushka' at the nursery which grew inside a large iron obelisk on a bank of earth next to a wonderful hazel tree. They were not too close together but near enough that the flowers of 'Alionushka' shone out against the dark leaf of the nut tree, a wonderful sight from my grandmothers sitting room chair.
The question is... How will you use your clematis 'Alionushka'?
These herbaceous cultivars are clump-forming scramblers, or semi-climbers.
In general, they have non-clinging stems and can be allowed to scramble in herbaceous borders, alternatively they can be used to clamber through open shrubs, small trees, rambler and shrub roses, or obelisks.
They are all hardy, very free flowering, trouble-free clematis, suitable to use as cut flowers and come highly recommended.
Plant Size:Plants will usually be about 45-90cm tall on delivery, this can vary depending on the time of year and variety chosen. They are grown in 3 litre containers and are 2 years Old.
Flowering Months:June - September
Average Flower Size (Inches):2.5
Average Height (Feet):6
Pruning:Hard in Feb/March (Group 3)
Soil Type:Moist but Good Drainage
Hardiness Zone:H6 - Hardy - Very Cold Winter (-20C to -15C)
Suitable for Containers:Yes
Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit
So easy to grow
I had this as a gift from the mother in law.
I planted it and thought well her we go, lets see what happens.
Now I have an addiction to herbaceous clematis! What a cracker!
I cut the flowers and have now built the whole integrifolia collection from Thorncroft in my own garden!
Dig n’sew July 2020