It may be hard to decide if Armandii Clematis flowers are more beautiful to look at, or breathe in.
The substantial, bell-shaped white flowers (2-3 inches) bloom in early March and last well into June.
The plant's dark, evergreen foliage features large pointed leaves that can grow to 6 inches. The contrast of the leaves brings out the flowers awesome beauty as they hang from creeping vines that can reach 20 feet in length. This makes it an excellent coverage vine as popularized throughout San Francisco's Bay area.
Some flower varieties are tubular or tulip-shaped and can exhibit hues of pink and even bluish-pink. Some pruning may be necessary from time to time as the plant is an aggressive grower. But so breathtaking is its beauty you'll probably enjoy the occassional maintenance.
Plant along trellis or fencing for a great visual effect. Come mid-spring, the fragrance is at its fabulous peak and is said to have the scent of honey and almonds.
Perhaps if you're lucky enough, hummingbirds will choose your Armandii for their nesting site as they often do. The show of birds, flowers and sweet aromas is sure to delight.