Clematis ‘Rouge Cardinal’

(Rouge Cardinal Clematis)


Hardiness Zones:

 4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

Large velvety crimson flowers with red anthers. Rouge Cardinal is a deciduous, large-flowering, semi-woody climbing vine. Blooms June to September. Flowers are 5-7” across! Flower color and bloom size may vary while the plant is establishing. Medium green foliage darkens as the summer progresses. This premium variety is at the forefront of Clematis breeding – form and coloration are truly breathtaking. Gracefully meandering over fences, trellises or through shrubbery, Clematis supply vertical interest.

Group 3 Pruning:  Pruning group 3 clematis can feel a bit brutal. The key is to be brave.  These plants all flower on the new season’s growth.  Prune Group 3 clematis in February in the South and in early March in the North. Start at ground level and work up until you reach the first pair of good, strong buds. Prune just above that. Repeat for the rest of the plant.







Grow in fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Vining hybrids are best sited in locations where the flowering parts of the vine are in sun to part shade but the roots are shaded. Some light afternoon shade is usually beneficial in hot and humid summer climates. Clematis vines need a trellis or other support on which to grow. Roots should be kept cool, shaded and uniformly moist. Root areas may be shaded with perennials, annuals or small shrubs. A thick root mulch is appreciated. Do not allow soils to dry out.

Additional information

Common Name

Rouge Cardinal Clematis

Botanical Name

Clematis 'Rouge Cardinal'


3 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun



Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

mid summer

Flower Color




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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