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A picture of a Clematis


Clematis spp.

Also known as

Old Man's Beard, Traveller's Joy, Virgin's Bower, Leather Flower, Vase vine

PurpleClematis1 by UpstateNYer (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Clematis

Some white Clematis flowers on a plant
A close up of some pink and white Clematis flowers
A close up of some white Clematis flowers
A close up of two flowers of a Clematis plant with green leaves

Clematis Overview

Clematis is a genus with around 385 species from the Ranunculaceae family. Thes are popular herbaceous climbers, grown for their huge range of flower shapes and colours, and sometimes evergreen foliage. Clematis are generally divided into three main groups according to where and when their flowers are produced. They are spring-blooming clematis that flower on side shoots of the previous year's stems; summer or autumn blooming clematis, which flower only on the ends of new stems (current seasons growth); and twice-flowering clematis that flower on both side shoots and terminally. Most species in this genus are hardy, with a few exceptions.

Common problems with Clematis

How to harvest Clematis

Flowers and or the seed heads can be harvested for the vase, due to the short flower stalks whole flowering branches are harvested.

How to propagate Clematis


Sow seeds as soon as they are ripe.


Layering in late winter or early spring.


Root softwood cuttings in spring or semi-ripe cuttings in early summer.


Divide or take basal cuttings of herbaceous growth in spring.

Special features of Clematis

Pot plant

Use a large container about 45cm in diameter with the same depth, for good root growth, make sure a suitable support is in place such as an obelisk or a small trellis.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees and butterflies

Hedge plant

They often grow into hedges either having a support structure build or using a established plant hedge.

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Clematis

Grown for their mass of flowers, which can be grown on trellises and walls. Suitable for coastal conditions.


Clematis is a constituent of Bach's Rescue Remedy.

Poisonous to Pets

If your pet likes to nibble your plants, check our collection to make sure what they're eating isn't doing them any harm.

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