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 in a cool place 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 sometimes they wait for spring before emerging whenever they are sown. Do not use any artificial heat in an attempt to germinate them as it may simply disrupt their germination mechanism. Please be very patient, and do not discard the seed pan, no matter how long it takes for germination to occur.