Old Man's Beard, Traveler's Joy, Virgin's Bower, Leather Flower, Vase Vine
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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.
Flowers and or the seed heads can be harvested for the vase, due to the short flower stalks whole flowering branches are harvested.
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.
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
They often grow into hedges either having a support structure build or using a established plant hedge.
Asia, Japan, China.
Cold and Temperate
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Loam, Sand, Compost, Chalk
Soil PH preference
Clematis is a constituent of Bach's Rescue Remedy.
Purple, Red, Yellow, White, Pink, Multicoloured, Cream