This gorgeous, sweetly scented, clump-forming, herbaceous, non-climbing clematis bears very attractive, indigo-blue nodding flowers with recurving tepals. An exceptionally lovely species, it was introduced from southern Europe in 1573 and has always been one of the staple cottage garden plants.
For best results, sow seeds as soon as you receive them onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. These seeds can be very slow indeed to germinate, and may wait for spring before emerging whenever sown. Do not use artificial heat to try to germinate them as it will simply disrupt their germination mechanism. Please be very patient, and do not discard the seed pan.