We have been thrilled at the performance of this unique clematis hybrid in our gardens. Clematis 'Alionushka' is a 1969 release that combined the large-flowered Clematis 'Nezhdannyi' with the bush Clematis integrifolia, thanks to the breeding work of A. N. Volosenko-Valenis and M. A. Beskaravainaya of the Ukraine. Like a NASCAR driver at Daytona, each 4-6' long scrambler weaves in and out of anything nearby. Starting in late April (in NC) and continuing until frost, the plants are adorned with wonderful 2.5" long, rosy-pink, flared bell-shaped flowers. It can be pruned hard in late winter.