‘Ville de Lyon’ is a fabulous clematis that I believe has something for everyone. Not only is it a stand-alone beauty, it also makes a magnificent companion plant. It looks equally attractive when combined with a soft-colored clematis and holds it own when paired with another striking clematis such as ‘Star of India’. This French beauty is a perfect candidate to join with Rose ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ or Rose ‘Eden’.
This time honored clematis flower’s tepals are a deep candy-apple red on the outer edges with a crimson bar in the center. Each tepal is highlighted with an opalescent sheen. Unfortunately, photographs do not always do complete justice to its Mother-of-Pearl qualities, so you must witness this beauty in person to appreciate its iridescence. The flower is 4” to 6” in diameter and has 6 tepals. Its stamens are a creamy yellow. Moderately vigorous and very free- flowering, it can be grown on a tall obelisk or an arbor. Reaching a height of 7 to 10 (possibly 12) feet, it grows in USDA Zones 4 through 11. It will grow in any location but it performs best in a sunny spot. You may prune it either hard or optionally.
Clematis ‘Ville de Lyon’ was cultivated in France by Frances Morel in 1899. Its parentage is Clematis ‘Viviand Morel’ x Clematis texensis. Ville de Lyon means City of the Lion.