• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 9 ft. long.
    Key Feature:
    Spring Flowering
    Blooms:
    Late spring, repeating in fall.
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:KLEM-a-tus la-nu-ji-NO-sa KAN-di-da
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 9 ft. long.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late spring, repeating in fall.
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design IdeasA great vine for training onto fences both rail and picket. Espalier onto wall treillage whether casual willow twig or upscale metal. Drape over low walls like a white waterfall of blooms. Also popular for draping off the edge of a retaining wall or training into old dead trees and shrubs as a rambling groundcover in the cottage or country garden. Train onto narrow post of porch or patio cover to create a vertical column of snow white.
    Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer); Climbing Rose (Rosa); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in well-drained, slightly alkaline soil, with roots sheltered and top growth in the sun. Mulch soil surface to conserve moisture. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply a general purpose fertilizer. Provide support of a trellis or arbor.Pruning time: spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The species, C. languinosa was discovered by Robert Fortune in China during one of his famous collecting expeditions for the Royal Horticultural Society. He found it in Chekiang province, which he described the flowers as azure and the largest of any species in the wild. It was introduced in 1850. This species can be found in the family tree of most modern large flowered hybrids.
    Lore:
    Clematis breeding began in France due to the first early Asian hybrids arriving there from Jesuit missionaries stationed in China before any other westerners entered the country.